Eating and drinking
This activity is about physically feeding yourself, eating and drinking, and whether you are able to do this unaided, or with help. It does not include preparing food (covered in activity 1). Nutrition means food and drink.
A - Can take nutrition unaided 0 B - Needs to use an aid or appliance to be able to take nutrition, or supervision to be able to take nutrition or assistance to be able to cut up food 2 C - Needs a therapeutic source [such as a feeding tube] to be able to take nutrition 2 D - Needs prompting to be able to take nutrition 4 E - Needs assistance to be able to manage a therapeutic source to take nutrition 4 F - Cannot convey food and drink to their mouth and needs another person to do so 10
- ‘Aids’ might include non-spill cups or using plastic plates and bowls which do not break if you drop them.
- This activity can include the need for supervision from another person, for example if there is a risk of choking if you have a seizure while eating or drinking.
- If you do not have hot food or drinks because of the risk of accident or injury from having a seizure while eating or drinking something hot, include this.
- ‘Prompting’ might include someone having to remind you to eat or drink, for example, due to memory problems or your motivation.
Things to think about
- What could happen to you if you have a seizure when eating or drinking? What is the likelihood of this happening? Include any real examples of when this has happened, and how it affected you physically and mentally.
- Does anything else about your epilepsy (including your seizures, recovery from seizures, medication side effects, or impact of your condition) affect your ability to do any of this activity? You can include any impact on your concentration or memory, your mood or any tiredness or confusion that you may have following a seizure.
Remember to include:
- whether you can do this activity reliably (safely, to an acceptable standard, repeatedly, and in a reasonable time period);
- whether you need aids, appliances or help from another person to do this activity;
- how often your condition affects your ability to do this activity (the 50% rule); and
- the impact of any other conditions or disabilities that you have on this activity.
You will get just one single score for this activity, so make sure that you include as much relevant information as possible. You can continue on a separate sheet of paper if you need to.
Information produced: July 2019
Whether or not you qualify for PIP depends on how your condition affects you in two ways: your 'daily living' and your 'mobility' (how you physically move).
An important part of assessing your ability to carry out each activity is assessing whether you are able to do the activity ‘reliably’. Here, ‘reliably’ means that all of the following points apply.
Information about the daily living and mobility activities that form part of your PIP assessment criteria.
PIP is a UK benefit for people over the age of 16, to help with any additional costs due to having a long-term disability or health condition.
If you have epilepsy you may be eligible to apply for benefits. This depends on what your epilepsy is like and how it affects you.
Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) is a UK benefit for people of working age, who cannot work or who have 'limited capability to work' due to illness or disability, and who are not entitled to Income Support, Jobseekers Allowance or getting Statutory Sick Pay, or Statutory Maternity Pay.