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Parkinson’s Awareness Week

Parkinson’s Awareness Week

 

It’s thought around 1 in 500 people are affected by Parkinson’s disease, which means there are an estimated 127,000 people in the UK with the condition.  Most people with Parkinson’s start to develop symptoms when they’re over 50, although around 1 in 20 people with the condition first experience symptoms when they’re under 40.

Parkinson’s Awareness Week starts today with lots of different activities taking place around the country raising awareness and much needed funds to carry out research on finding a cure.

 

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World Parkinson’s Day is on Wednesday 11th April and organisations around the world will be united in a collective push to get more people understanding about Parkinson’s.  To find out how you can support this brilliant day and download their online Guide to Parkinson’s Disease, click here

What is Parkinson’s Disease

Parkinson’s is a progressive neurological condition which means that it causes problems in the brain and gets worse over time.  The brain becomes damaged and affects the ‘messages’ that are sent from your brain to the other parts of your body.

The three main symptoms of Parkinson’s disease are:

  1. involuntary shaking of particular parts of the body which can manifest itself as ‘tremor’
  2. slow movement
  3. stiff and inflexible muscles

A person with Parkinson’s disease can also experience a wide range of other physical and psychological symptoms, including:

  • depression and anxiety
  • balance problems – this may increase the chance of a fall
  • loss of sense of smell (anosmis)
  • problems sleeping (insomnia)
  • memory problems

Help and Support

If you have recently been diagnosed with Parkinson’s, it can be a frightening time for you and your family, however there is help, support and advice available through the following charities:

Parkinson’s UK 

The Cure Parkinson’s Trust

You can find additional support and advice on Parkinson’s Disease in the Resources section of the Liferaft website.

Did You Know…..

The American actor, Michael J Fox is a trailblazer when it comes to raising awareness of Parkinson’s Disease?  As someone who has Parkinson’s, he has set up his own Foundation to fund research into a cure for Parkinson’s Disease.  To find out more, click here.

Parkinsons UK have their own blog forum giving you the opportunity to communicate with people who have Parkinson’s Disease.  Find out more about the forum here.

The theme for this year’s World Parkinson Day is Unite and you can share your story of Parkinson’s Disease by using the #UniteforParkinsons and join the global community in raising awareness.

How Can Liferaft Help Me?

 

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Liferaft is way to stay on top of all the information that comes with caring for someone and to share that information with the people who need it.  It’s a secure place online where you can keep and update all the details about your health (or the health of a loved one), their care and well-being. Through a tablet, laptop or phone, you can keep your care network up to date, on screen or on paper.

To find out more about Liferaft and how it can help someone with Parkinson’s Disease, click here.

 

Luke Reade & Mini Challenge

Luke Reade & Mini Challenge

 

Following on from our update back in January, The Liferaft team are excited to let all you racing fanatics know that Liferaft continues to support Luke Reade and his ‘need for speed’!

 

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When we spoke to Luke’s team about the new racing season, they told us the following:

“2018 has seen a switch for us back to our beloved Mini, this time with the Excelr8 race team. With our new team we are hoping for big things this year. Our first race meeting of the season at Oulton Park is spread over the Easter weekend, qualifying on Saturday, then both races on the Easter Monday. This year a massive 30 beautifully prepared Mini JCW race cars make this years championship the most competitive its ever been.”

 

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After an exceptionally rainy Easter weekend with both the qualifier and the actual race being wet, Luke finished in a brilliant 3rd place – there were various points added and place changes made to other drivers – it was all very exciting!  However, the rain unfortunately won on the day as the 2nd race was cancelled.

Look out for further updates on Luke as the season progresses!

 

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Liferaft is way to stay on top of all the information that comes with caring for your child or a loved one with additional needs.  It allows you to share the information with the people who need it.  It’s a secure place online where you can keep and update all the details about your child’s health, care and well-being. Through a tablet, laptop or phone, you can keep your care network up to date, on screen or on paper. You decide who gets what information, and when.

To find out more, click here.

 

World Autism Awareness Week 2018

World Autism Awareness Week 2018

 

What is World Autism Awareness Week?

World Autism Awareness Week begins on 26th March 2018 and culminates on World Autism Day on 2nd April 2018. The National Autistic Society is the leading UK charity for autistic people, including those with Asperger syndrome, and their families, so they run this awareness week each year to raise money and awareness to provide much needed support.

The National Autistic Society offer many suggestions for getting involved with this year’s World Autism Awareness Week, from joining an organised Night Walk to running, cycling or swimming 7k to show your support for the 700,000 people diagnosed with autism in the UK.

The money raised helps the charity to continue raising awareness of autism through campaigning, training professionals who work with autistic people and much more.

 

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What is autism?

With World Autism Awareness Week in mind, we thought we’d take a look at what it means to be on the autism spectrum.

As defined by the National Autistic society here:

“Autism is a lifelong developmental disability that affects how people perceive the world and interact with others.

Autistic people see, hear and feel the world differently to other people. If you are autistic, you are autistic for life; autism is not an illness or disease and cannot be ‘cured’. Often people feel being autistic is a fundamental aspect of their identity.”

For both children and adults diagnosed with autism, there are common associated conditions, including learning and communication difficulties, behaviour issues and difficulties with social interaction. It’s important to note, however, that autism has different symptoms for different individuals.

Children with autism or Asperger syndrome may find school challenging for a variety of reasons, including difficulties in participating in team work, coping with noise and responding to requests. Scope provide an insightful list of challenges here.

Luckily, there are many charities and societies that are dedicated to empowering those with autism, supporting their healthcare needs. BeyondAutism, for example, run Independent Special Schools for children with autism, aged between 4-19, with Post-19 provisions, and training programmes for those who work with autistic children and teenagers, while Child Autism UK provides invaluable services and advice for families of children with autism. Their services include Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA) courses, which examine the cause and consequences of behaviours then develop suitable interventions for them.

How can Liferaft help those with autism?

 

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As recognised by the work of these charities, it’s not just those diagnosed with autism who face additional challenges every day. The families of the 700,000 diagnosed in the UK alone also require support and assistance to make caring for their loved ones more streamlined and beneficial to all.

For families with autism, there are constant challenges and concerns to consider. James from the Stories About Autism blog writes of his worries as a parent of two young sons with autism here. It’s a particularly poignant piece that details his thoughts and fears on raising his children, from wondering whether his children will ever speak to how they would cope in hospital, and what will happen in his sons’ futures? Questions that are instantly relatable to fellow parents of autistic children.

Parents of those with autism frequently worry over the ability to provide effective care for their children. As a parent of a child with disabilities, our founder, Nicola, experienced similar worries when she designed Liferaft, a tool to manage the care of her daughter in one place. Nicola’s story as a parent carer is available to read here.

With Liferaft, Nicola aim was to be able to share vital information on her child’s health with those who needed it, from medical professionals to other caregivers. Since developing Liferaft, many other parent carers have benefited from its ability to manage care, including parents of children with autism. Take a look at our testimonials to learn more.

We also have a wealth of helpful support and advice on our Resources page here.

Find out more about how Liferaft can help you with our latest video:

 

 

Our Liferaft application has been designed to help parent carers of manage their loved one’s care plan in a secure place. Use Liferaft to keep all your vital information in one place, track goals, manage your address book and more. It’s an invaluable tool in helping make caring for others easier.

Try Liferaft for FREE today.

Sofia’s Story

Sofia’s Story

 

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Inspired by the experiences of Liferaft founder & CEO Nicola Murgatroyd and her daughter Faith, Liferaft are today launching ‘Sofia’s Story’ – a short video that outlines how Liferaft can help a child, or adult, with long-term care needs, their parents and their care circle.

“My personal experiences gave me a first-hand insight into the problems and challenges faced by parents in caring roles. I realised that gaps in knowledge between parents, carers, education and medical professionals became huge issues, and wished there was something I could use to hold everything we as a family knew in one place. Nothing can ever really prepare you for parenthood, and caring for a child with additional needs carries extra challenges.  How-ever there are ways to make life easier for everyone whatever their circumstances, and that’s what we have created with Liferaft – a tool which helps to manage all aspects of modern day living.”

As a parent carer, Liferaft puts you back in charge. It gives you a single store of real-time information about your child. It’s yours to own and manage, from a tablet, laptop or phone.  You can:

  • Share information with people who support you
  • Access information for filling in multiple forms/assessments, wherever you are.
  • Create essential reports, like a summary of needs, a list of medications, or a pre-populated DLA form
  • Engaging wider support teams including health, social care and school
  • Liferaft also lets you run and share calendars, set goal setting, keep a journal and much more.

 

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The team at Liferaft strongly believe that by setting up a Liferaft account for your child, you will start to see immediate benefits:

  • Avoid having to repeat yourself constantly when giving information about your child
  • Keep vital information in one accessible place that allows you to choose who you share it with
  • Maintain continuity of information across your child’s care circle
  • Give you peace of mind that your child’s up-to-date information is being shared

To view Sofia’s Story, click here.

To sign up to the Liferaft Newsletter, click here.

If you wish to contact a member of the Liferaft team, please call us on 03302 231192 or email us at info@myliferaft.com

 

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Sports Relief 2018

Sport Relief 2018: Whatever Moves You

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A partner to Comic Relief, Sport Relief is a biennial fundraising event that encourages the British public to get active. This year, Sport Relief takes place over a whole week rather than just one day, between Saturday 17th March and Friday 23rd March, culminating in a live TV show on BBC One on 23rd March.

It’s a very fitting time to hold the event – just as this year’s PyeongChang Paralympic Winter Games close on 18th March, and in the same year as the FIFA World Cup.

Celebrities including Zoe Ball, Jonnie Peacock, Greg James are getting involved this year, taking part in a series of challenges to help raise vital funds for those in need in the UK and overseas.

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How to take part in Sport Relief?

It’s not too late to start fundraising for this year’s Sport Relief!

Whether you want to take part in a sporting event or do your bit by purchasing official Sport Relief merchandise, there are lots of ways to get involved and raise funds.

A collective challenge to beat a billion steps a day is taking place on the lead up to the show on 23rd March. You can get involved by downloading the free Sport Relief app here. Make sure your steps count towards their goal! Including trackers, celebrity challenges, and workplace leagues, the app is also suitable for wheelchair users. Celebrity fitness coach, Joe Wicks, and Davina McCall are going head to head in a step battle, using the free Sport Relief app to build support. Who are you backing?

Sport Relief also have a host of fundraising tools available on their website here, including packs, sponsorship forms, online giving pages and much more. So, if you want to do your bit, do check out their tips, tools and posters and do something fun for charity!

Another way to get involved is to order your Sport Relief merchandise, with proceeds going to charity. From fab deeley boppers to wristbands and pin badges, check out Sainsbury’s range of merchandise here.

If you need some inspiration for your fundraising event, take a look at these challenges:

Children of all ages can get involved: With the aim of improving health and wellbeing in schools around the country, school children and youth groups can take part. Primary school age children can organise sponsored miles, skip-a-thons or a school disco. Older children can organise daily challenges, perhaps pitting students against teachers at school in running competitions and more. Schools can order their free fundraising packs here.

The Mother of all Challenges: Alex Jones, presenter on The One Show, is doing her bit for Sport Relief this year by taking part  in five days of gruelling challenges across the UK. Along with four inspirational mums, Alex is taking on tough tasks in Loch Ness, the Lake District and the Brecon Beacons to raise awareness of important issues around maternal health. You can follow Alex and her team’s progress by watching The One Show.

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Where does the money go?

The money raised for Sport Relief is fundamental in tackling issues affecting people in the UK and across the world.

This year, the money raised will be helping to improve the tools and resources in ending malaria, improve the lives of mothers and babies around the world to prevent maternal deaths, and raise awareness of good mental health.

Read more about how Sport Relief has helped millions of people around the world.

Sport Relief and inclusivity

Sport Relief is the perfect opportunity to bring communities and get active for a good cause. We are thrilled that these activities can be inclusive too by encouraging mass participation, as the official app converts steps for wheelchair users. Also, Sport Relief is known to raise money for disabled sports clubs across the country, such as the Ipswich Sports Club for the Disabled.

So, do your bit for Sport Relief this year and get involved with the fundraising efforts. Help make a difference to the lives of disadvantaged people in the UK and across the world.

 

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To find out more about Liferaft and the benefits that it could bring you, click here

Parent Carers: Get Creative This Spring!

Parent Carers: Get Creative This Spring!

 

Here at Liferaft, we can’t believe it’s March already! Although it might not feel like it outside just yet, the promise of spring is just around the corner, creating lots of fun opportunities to spend quality time with our children.

However, we also know that when you’re a parent carer it can be difficult to find family-friendly activities and hobbies to take part in that are inclusive for all the family. Knowing first-hand how this can impact on family time, we’ve put together some ideas and suggestions to make the most of your time together this March – several of which fit in with fun awareness days and events taking place this month.

 

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So, if you’re looking for things to do to celebrate craft month or nutrition month, creative ways to take part in Pack Your Lunch Day on the 10th or Plant a Flower Day on the 12th, not forgetting Mother’s Day on the 11th, this blog is for you!

Craft Month

Did you know that March is Craft Month? More widely celebrated in the United States than the UK, this fun month still provides the perfect reminder to get crafting – and it is perfect for all ages!

When specially considered for your children’s needs, arts and crafts are fantastic opportunities for sensory play, by effectively engaging with all the senses and in turn helping children to develop and learn.

Growing Hands-On Kids offer a fun selection of crafting activities to try this month, all designed to be of benefit to children with autism. From creating edible jewellery together to using everyday materials around the house to produce sensory collages, take a look at the list of activities here.

With Mother’s Day also approaching, creating homemade cards for mothers or grandmothers is another fun, creative way of getting involved in craft month. Whether you collect materials on your travels together to stick to cards, write a personalised message inside, or create handprint animals, the design ideas are endless!

Mother’s Day

This month, Mother’s Day takes place on 11th March. As we mentioned in the Craft Month ideas, creating greeting cards to celebrate the occasion is one activity to get involved in.

For homemade gift ideas for children, Activity Village have got some great ideas here. We love the ‘I Love My Mum Flower’ and the ‘Handprint Heart’. Family Lives also have an invaluable list of fun things to try with disabled children, which could inspire your activities and outings as a family on Mother’s Day. Creating a scrapbook to remember how you celebrated different events is a lovely idea, and something that can evolve over time.

Some children are also encouraged to use Mother’s Day to celebrate other important females in their lives, including carers or teachers, so creating homemade gifts and cards can still be an activity between mother and child.

Nutrition Month

Not only is it Craft Month this month, but March also marks Nutrition Month and is designed to promote healthy eating. Many parents will face ‘picky eaters’, but his can be even trickier when you’re a parent carer.

However, Deborah French’s story with how cooking with her children has helped their learning and development is inspirational. Deborah has two children, Henry, who was diagnosed with autistic spectrum disorder at 2-years-old, and Amariah, who was born with Down’s syndrome. Knowing that children with disabilities or special needs can become fussy eaters or comfort eaters, she decided to get her children involved in the kitchen.

The story of Henry’s first time baking in the kitchen at home is encouraging: “When Henry was four years old, we decided one rainy afternoon to bake cookies. I purchased supersized cookie cutters to help compensate for clumsy fingers. Yet whilst at work in the kitchen, I was surprised that Henry’s movements were controlled and attentive. His cookie shapes were immaculate. It was clear that Henry loved being in the kitchen and it was the best therapy yet; it calmed him, channelled his energy and gave him a wonderful sense of achievement.”

In her article on the Scope website, Deborah outlines her top tips to try at home. You can read them all here: https://community.scope.org.uk/discussion/28295/guest-post-how-to-encourage-healthy-eating-habits-in-your-child

From getting your children involved in the preparation of their dinner where they are able to, to learning where food comes from, teaching your children the importance of healthy eating really is possible.

Pack Your Lunch Day

 

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This is also where Pack Your Lunch Day, which takes place on 10th March, fits in so well with Nutrition Month. Although this year’s day falls on a Saturday, it’s an idea that could also be incorporated into a Sunday evening routine ready for school on Monday. Let your children get involved in the preparation of a healthy lunch, whether it’s for the weekend or lunchtime at school. Perhaps they can bake something for their lunch as a treat, like cookies, or choose their favourite snacks. You could also celebrate by going shopping and choosing a new lunchbox together. This activity will take some planning ahead of time, but it really can make those pack-lunch tears a thing of the past!

Plant A Flower Day

There’s nothing more spring-like than the blossoming of new flowers in the garden. Gardening is a therapeutic experience for everyone, citing many benefits for mental health, including children with additional needs.

As Gardening Know How explains, there are many benefits of gardening for children with special needs, including: “Improved motor skills, enhanced creativity, increased social skills and improved self-confidence. Gardening also reduces stress and helps children cope with anxiety and frustration.”

Use Plant a Flower Day to get out in the garden (weather permitting!) and make a child-friendly area, perhaps a sand box, to get creative. If you can, go to your local park, nursery or garden store and take a look at the flowers and plants available, to inspire your own gardening choices.

We hope you take some inspiration from the ideas above to celebrate the beginning of spring. We know being a parent carer can be challenging, but creating quality family time is essential.

To help you organise your activities, why not try Liferaft?

 

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Our Liferaft application has been designed to help parent carers of manage their loved one’s care plan in a secure place. Use Liferaft to keep all your vital information in one place, track goals, manage your address book and more. It’s an invaluable tool in helping make caring for others easier.

Try Liferaft for FREE today.

Bl**dy Awesome Parents – February

Bl**dy Awesome Parents Monthly Awards – February

Following the successful launch in January of the Bl**dy Awesome Monthly Awards, we thrilled to recognise the winner for February:

 

Gemma Birks – congratulations!

 

Gemma Birks wins a Lifetime Premium Account for FREE!  To find out more about Gemma’s story, click here.

 

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Liferaft was created by technology entrepreneur Nicola Murgatroyd.

Her oldest daughter had complex special needs, and Nicola faced real problems managing her care effectively.  “My personal experiences gave me a first-hand insight into the problems and challenges faced by parents in caring roles. I realised that gaps in knowledge between parents, carers, education and medical professionals became huge issues, and wished there was something I could use to hold everything we as a family knew in one place. Nothing can ever really prepare you for parenthood, and caring for a child with additional needs carries extra challenges. However there are ways to make life easier for everyone whatever their circumstances, and that’s what we have created with Liferaft – a tool which helps to manage all aspects of modern day living.”

To find out more about Liferaft and how it can help you, those you care for and their care circle, visit their website on www.myliferaft.com

 

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World Book Day

World Book Day

Whether you are into reading funny books, scary books, magical books, books about facts or books about fiction, World Book Day is all about BOOKS!

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Liferaft team favourites

The Liferaft team love a good book (normally with a cup of tea and a chocolate biscuit!) so we asked some of them for their favourite books when they were children:

Clare (Ops Director) read every Elmer The Elephant book and any books that had elephants in them!  In fact, Clare still loves elephants and they feature in every room in her house!

Shelley (Sales & Marketing) used to love reading The Three Little Pigs with lots of huffing and puffing!

Jane (Project Manager) loved reading the St Clare’s and Mallory Towers books about a group of girls at boarding school and has already got both sets for her nearly 8-year old daughter to read!

Getting children to read

For some children, getting them to read can be stressful and for parents, it can be difficult to work out if your child is a reluctant reader or struggles to read.  The Oxford Owl is an award-winning website from Oxford University Press, created to support children’s learning both at home and at school.  Click here to make use of their brilliant resource to help and support parents and children.

Our Chief Technical Officer loves visiting the local library with his daughter!  You could turn a visit into an adventurous day out to help encourage your child to read.  Libraries will also have a huge selection of books for all reading types and age groups.  To find out more about your local library, click here

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Additional Resources:

If you are unsure of where to start, we’ve put together a few websites to guide you in the right direction.  You may be looking for a book that helps explain a specific disability so your child will understand more about themselves or looking how to introduce some ‘every day’ experiences such as going to the hairdressers or the doctor through reading a book.  There are also story books available where the central character has a disability.

Bag Books is a UK registered charity supporting people with learning disabilities through the provision of multi-sensory books and storytelling. It is the only charity in the world publishing multi-sensory books for people with severe or profound and multiple learning disabilities.  http://www.bagbooks.org/

Off We Go! books prepare children for everyday experiences and improve language and social skills.  They have proved to be of benefit for children with special needs.  http://www.offwego.ie/index.php

We love this list of books for dyslexic and reluctant readers from The Independent http://www.independent.co.uk/extras/indybest/arts-books/best-kids-books-dyslexic-dyslexia-reluctant-readers-a7345621.html

Personal reviews of recommended books for parents, teachers and children on each special needs topic http://www.childrensdisabilities.info/childrens-books.html

Scope has published storybooks featuring disabled children.  Read more at https://www.scope.org.uk/support/families/books/children#K6p4hh5zjTk5HLfd.99https://www.scope.org.uk/support/families/books/children

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Nicola, the founder of Liferaft, was a wife and working mother with three children. Her daughter, Faith, had multiple and complex additional needs.  She understands the world of being a parent carer and set about designing a tool to support those who find themselves in a similar position.

In conjunction with author Gail Yardley, Nicola has also been busy with books!  Based on a group of ponies in the Isle of Wight, Nicola and Gail have written several books about Molly, Malt Loaf and their friends!  To find out more about the Happy Ponies, click here.

To find out more about Liferaft and how it can help you, those you care for and their care circle, visit their website on www.myliferaft.com

 

Hospital Passport

The Hospital Passport

 

Going into hospital is a worrying time for any of us. It can be even harder for someone who has a learning disability.

The Hospital Passport is an NHS initiative to help those with learning difficulties and is designed to give hospital staff helpful information that isn’t only about illness and health. It can sometimes be given a different name, like “personal record” or “my biography”, and may look different from hospital to hospital, but it is the information in it that is key to supporting the individual.

It’s about giving individuals who find it difficult to let others know how they like to be supported, what their likes and dislikes are, what help they need/don’t need, and generally have their voice heard, making their time in hospital more comfortable for the individual and their family.

 

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What information is included in my Hospital Passport?

You will often find that you repeat the information a Hospital Passport contains over and over when talking to a member of your care circle or support team, with information including:

  • Emergency contact details
  • Your likes and dislikes
  • The amount of physical contact you’re ok with
  • What you liked to be called
  • How you communicate and like to be communicated with
  • What distresses you and how to avoid being distressed
  • How I move around
  • How I let you know when I’m in pain

The passport helps people know how to make you feel comfortable.  It doesn’t do away with conversations, but it does go a long way to making sure those conversations are more meaningful and focused.

 

What other names can a Hospital Passport be called?

 You may also hear the Hospital Passport referred to as:

  • A Personal Record
  • All About Me
  • My Biography
  • Get Me Better

What does it look like?

Below are two examples of what a Hospital Passport could look like.  It is always best to ask the hospital you are attending if they have their own version.  In some cases, specific charities also have their own dedicated Hospital Passports, like the National Autistic Society here.

Don’t forget – it is not about what the Hospital Passport looks like, but the information that is in it!

 

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How does using Liferaft help me complete my Hospital Passport?

When using a Liferaft Premium Account, you only need to add all your critical information once and update it when something changes.  This same information can then be used to create different reports, of which the Hospital Passport is one.

Below is for an example of the Hospital Passport that has been created using Liferaft:  Hospital Passport

You can:

  • Downloaded the Hospital Passport and take it with you as a printed copy
  • Email the Hospital Passport to the person who is helping you

If you want to try a Liferaft account you can sign up for a no obligation trial.  If you are a parent carer, first set up an account for yourself and you will be guided on how to set up and manage an account for your child.

 

Other Useful Links:

NHS Choice – Going into hospital with a learning difficulty – https://www.nhs.uk/Livewell/Childrenwithalearningdisability/Pages/Going-into-hospital-with-learning-disability.aspx

Royal Free London – Patients with a learning disability –  https://www.royalfree.nhs.uk/patients-visitors/disabled-facilities/patients-with-a-learning-disability/hospital-passport/

 

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Bl**dy Awesome Parents!

Bl**dy Awesome Parents Monthly Awards

 

Following on from our sponsorship at the 2017 BAPs Awards, we are delighted and proud to announce our continued support of Bl**dy Awesome Parents by offering the winner of their newly launched BAPs of the Month Award a Lifetime Premium Account for FREE!

A huge congratulations to January’s winner – Julie Newcombe – we salute you!

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Nicola, the founder of Liferaft, was a wife and working mother with three children. Her daughter, Faith, had multiple and complex additional needs.  She understands the world of being a parent carer and set about designing a tool to support those who find themselves in a similar position.

Nicola shares her story here: “I realised that gaps in knowledge between parents, carers, education and medical professionals became huge issues, and wished there was something I could use to hold everything we as a family knew in one place. Nothing can ever really prepare you for parenthood, and caring for a child with additional needs carries extra challenges. However there are ways to make life easier for everyone whatever their circumstances, and that’s what we have created with Liferaft – a tool which helps to manage all aspects of modern day living.”

To find out more about Liferaft and how it can help you, those you care for and their care circle, visit their website on www.myliferaft.com

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