Support with meals
If you find that you have problems getting to the shops or preparing food for yourself, here are some tips to help you to eat healthily and enjoy a nutritious meal every day.
Help from your supermarket or local store
Many of the big supermarkets will help you shop if you have difficulties, either by escorting you around the supermarket if you are using a wheelchair, or by collecting the products for you. Contact the supermarkets to find out more.
Some local food shops will deliver food to your home for a small charge, give them a ring and see what they say.
For a guide to local shops, restaurants and cafes that will deliver food, see H&F Food Guide
Internet supermarket shopping
Alternatively, most of the large supermarkets have a home shopping delivery service which you can access online. Some will charge for delivering unless you order over a minimum order value.
Meals delivered to your door
These companies can deliver batches of prepared ready meals to your door. Some are frozen and some do not require freezing.
Wiltshire Farm Foods can deliver batches of frozen meals to your home on a regular basis, and provide a wide variety of options for people with different tastes or dietary needs.
COOK can deliver batches of frozen meals to your home and also have stores in London.
Oakhouse Foods can deliver batches of frozen meals to your home and have a range of foods for specialist requirements
Parsley Box have developed a range of specially packed food which can be stored in a cupboard, without a need for a fridge or freezer, that can be heated in a few minutes in a microwave.
If you have an allergy or food intolerance or require a special diet, please make sure you check the ingredients of the meals before ordering from these companies.
Equipment in your kitchen
There is a wide range of equipment available to help with everyday tasks and allow you 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.
If you are able to use an oven or microwave, you could consider buying ready meals. Ready meals are pre-prepared meals which you can buy at your local supermarket or other supplier and simply need heating up in the cooker or microwave.
Ready meals are available for people with all dietary needs and cultural preferences. It’s a good idea to read the list of ingredients to make sure you are maintaining a healthy, balanced diet, especially if you have an allergy or food intolerance.
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.
Getting someone else to help
Don't be shy of asking trusted friends or neighbours to collect shopping for you. Many will be very happy to help and will be pleased to be asked.
Or you can arrange for someone to go with you to the shops, or to do your shopping for you. See Support in your home page for information on who may be able to help.
Community shopping and other transport services
Age UK provide an escorted door-to-door shopping service for people over 50 who could not otherwise do their own shopping.
And you may be able to use services such as Dial-A-Ride or the Taxicard scheme to get to or from the shops.
Age UK lunch club
Get a healthy lunch and meet people at the Age UK centre in Greyhound Road. Age UK lunch club takes place from Tuesday - Friday at 1 pm. Lunches are excellent value with 2 courses for just £2. Meals include classics like roast chicken, fish pie or sausages and mash. For dessert, you can tuck into a treacle tart, banoffee pie or a refreshing fruit salad. Age UK Hammersmith and Fulham | Lunch club
Support with meals at home
If these options don't work for you, please contact us for an assessment to discuss how we can help.