8.3c Ensure that appropriate utensils are available to enable the individual to meet their nutritional needs as independently as possible

When an individual is eating or drinking, you should ensure that they have the appropriate utensils. For some individuals this can be as simple as providing a knife and fork or spoon when they are eating, but other individuals may need special utensils and equipment.

For example, some individuals may need cutlery with shaped and padded handles that help with gripping if they have a disability that makes it hard to grip things such as arthritis. Other individuals may need special plates and bowls with high sides to prevent food falling off the edges.

As with everything in care, you should make sure that you are providing utensils that are person-centred and suited for the individual. This will ensure that individuals are enabled to meet their nutritional needs as independently as possible.