If you are experiencing health problems and are struggling to get out to the shops, or to prepare healthy meals for yourself at home, you may find that there are ways in which you can overcome these difficulties - check out our pages on' regaining you independence', 'help with walking and mobility' and 'equipment to help at home'.
On this page we have provided some suggestions on how you can continue to access a healthy, balanced diet, and to enjoy your food, even if you are no longer able to prepare a meal for yourself.
Equipment in your kitchen
There are a whole range of gadgets and devices which have been specially designed to allow people with disabilities and health problems to be more independent in the kitchen. You may find that these can make all the difference in allowing you to prepare food for yourself rather than relying on others to do it for you. Go to our 'equipment to help at home' page to see what might be available.
If you are finding it difficult to prepare a hot main meal for yourself, and you are able to use an oven or microwave, you could consider buying ready meals.
These meals come already made up and simply need cooking or heating up in the cooker or microwave. They come chilled or frozen and you can buy them from any supermarket, online or even over the phone (see below).
Ready meals cater for people with all dietary needs. These can include diabetic, low fat, low salt, low sugar, gluten free, vegetarian, and egg free meals.
Although ready meals can be very handy, you should always read the label to make sure you're maintaining a healthy, balanced diet.
Problems getting to the shops?
If you are having trouble getting out and about there are ways to ensure that you get the food and other shopping which you need.
Alternatively most of the big supermarkets have a home shopping delivery service which you can access on-line:
And some local food shops will deliver food to your home for a small charge - ring them to find out.
Many local restaurants and take-aways will deliver food to your door.
Meals delivered to your door
The following are just two of the companies found online who can deliver batches of frozen meals to your door. Both offer special diets for people with food allergies and intolerances.
Wiltshire Farm Foods can deliver batches of frozen meals to your home on a regular basis, and provides a wide variety of options for people with different tastes or dietary needs.
Oakhouse Foods provides a range of home-delivered frozen meals across the UK.
Meals on wheels
If you are unable to heat up frozen meals yourself, and have no-one to prepare your meals, Apetito provide a meals on wheels service to residents across the Borough.
The cost of a meal and dessert from Apetito is £6.25 and they can be contacted either by email or telephone to set up meal deliveries or to find out more information:
Tel:Apetito (Croydon Depot) - 0208 683 0440
Email: [email protected]
Food and poverty
Food poverty, social isolation and unemployment are sadly affecting a lot of people across the UK at the moment. Some people end up being unable to afford to buy food for themselves and their loved ones. There are some organisations out there who can help if you find yourself in this situation.
The NHS has produced advice on eating on a budget.
The Trussell Trust foodbanks provide a minimum of three days emergency food and support to people experiencing crisis in the UK. Local foodbanks include Kingston Foodbank.