"This activity considers
the claimant’s functional limitations in their ability to prepare food and
not the claimant’s lack of skill or the opportunity to learn. If an
individual cannot cook at all because they have never needed to learn,
consider their ability to carry out activities at or above waist height
and their cognitive ability to use a stove or microwave if shown how.
Preparing food means the
activities required to make food ready for cooking and eating, such as
peeling and chopping.
Cooking food means heating food
at or above waist height – for example, using a microwave oven or on a
cooker hob. It does not consider the ability to bend down – for example,
to access an oven.
Serving food means transferring food to a plate or bowl. It does not
include presentation, or involve carrying food to where it will be eaten.
Where the claimant is reliant on pre-chopped vegetables, you should
consider whether the claimant could peel and chop. If a person could peel
and chop then, in the absence of any other relevant functional
restrictions, they can prepare a simple meal unaided. If they could peel
and chop with the use of an aid, they carry out preparation with aids. If
the person uses pre-chopped vegetables because they couldn’t peel and chop
even with an aid, they need assistance to prepare a simple meal."
When considering whether a claimant requires an aid
or appliance, [Healthcare professionals] should distinguish
Descriptor advice in favour of an aid or
appliance should only be given in the former case. An aid or appliance is
not required in the latter.
- an aid or appliance that a claimant
must use or could reasonably be expected to use, in order to carry
out the activity safely, reliably, repeatedly and in a timely manner;
- an aid or appliance that a claimant may be using or wish to use
because it makes it easier to carry out the activity safely, reliably,
repeatedly and in a timely manner.
Where a claimant chooses not to use an aid or appliance that he or she
could reasonably be expected to use and would enable them to carry out the
activity without assistance, they should be assessed as needing an aid or
appliance rather than a higher level of support."
means reminding, encouraging or explaining by another person. For example:
may apply to claimants who lack motivation to prepare and cook a simple
meal on the majority of days due to a mental health condition, or who need
reminded how to prepare and cook food on the majority of days. "
Last updated October 2015