Welcome to Liferaft for Parent Carers
Nicola, the founder of Liferaft, was a parent carer for her daughter Faith as well as being a wife and a working mother to two additional children. She understands the world of being a parent carer and set about designing a tool to support you and your child.
“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.”
Liferaft can help you…
- Avoid having to repeat yourself
- Keep vital information in one accessible place
- Maintain continuity of information, wherever your child is
- Give you peace of mind
Do you feel like a walking encyclopaedia and wonder what would happen if you weren’t there or you lost your notebook?
Have you been put off meeting friends or going to the gym because it was just too hard to hand on information to another carer?
Do you repeat the same information over and over, still never quite sure that you have given consistent, correct & up-to-date information?
If the answer to one or more of the questions above is YES, then let Liferaft help you. Liferaft is a central and secure online location that can hold ALL your child’s information so you only ever have one point of reference.
- You can access Liferaft 24/7
- You can update and share information 24/7
- You can track progress using the Liferaft Trackers
- You can print off reports and use as part of a handover to a new carer, an introduction to a new teaching assistant or to another parent if you child is having a play-date – or simply share through Liferaft’s sharing facility
- You can monitor illnesses and medication to spot early signs and take preventative measures
Read how Liferaft has helped parent carers. Click here to find out more.
Resources For You
The internet is wonderful thing, but we can all sometimes find looking for information daunting – a needle in a haystack! At Liferaft we want to help you find the needle and have created a list of resources that we hope you will find useful.
We have included links to external websites on a number of different topics ranging from:
- Government information on SEN and DLA* forms.
- Support charities and organisations including autism, asthma, cerebral palsy, epilepsy, and downs syndrome.
- Companies specialising in holidays for those caring for someone with a disability.
* Liferaft gives you the ability to use the information in your child’s account to auto-populate the DLA form so that you do not have to spend the time completing the form by hand
We have created a specific Parent Carer category in our Resources, however for our full list of Resources, please click on the button below:
Frequently Asked Questions
Below are some questions that that will give you more information about Liferaft. If you find you have a question that isn’t here, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call us on 03302 231192.
It is free for you the parent and you pay £10 pcm for your child’s account. When you sign up you have 30 days to try the £10pcm account for Free before making any decision.
You have a 30 day free trial before any payment details are needed. At the end of the trial you will be asked for supply payment details to pay for the linked accounts you have created – your account remains free.
Yes. We do not hold any payment information in our systems. Credit card information is managed and handled by our card payment partner (Braintree), ensuring payment details are kept totally separate from your personal information.
You can share information with another person if they have a Liferaft account. You invite them to create a Liferaft account, then choose what information you want to share with them. If you want to stop sharing information, this is possible and easy to do.
You can access Liferaft from any device that has a web browser and links to the internet. The optimum size to view Liferaft is on a tablet or PC, however we have users who access Liferaft via their mobile phones.
To get the best from Liferaft, we recommend you use the following browsers in their ‘native’ modes (i.e. with no add-ons such as Incognito): Internet Explorer (IE), Chrome, Firefox and Safari. For each of these browsers, we support the current version and the previous version.
When you connect to Liferaft we use a globally recognised certificate to help protect our system (you will see a ‘padlock’ image on your screen before https://). This certificate ensures you are only connecting to Liferaft and not someone else pretending to be us.
This certificate further protects your information as anything you type in is encrypted before it gets sent across the internet from your computer to Liferaft.
Yes – we have built a number of reports that allow you to print off hard copies that you are able to share with other people. This facility is ideal if your child is meeting a new teacher and doctor etc. as you can hand them the information to read.
No – they can view the information and send you a comment. You can then choose to accept or not accept their comment. If you choose accept, this comment will then be added to your information.
Yes – when you create your child’s account, they will need an email address. When they log in they will do so using their email address and they will set their own password. At this point, they will be able to see all their information, however YOU can restrict what information they can change.
Yes – you can transfer the management from yourself to another person if they already have a Liferaft account and can view your child’s account.
Yes – you can do this by upgrading your account to a Liferaft Premium Account. You can also share information about yourself.
Yes – you can add appointments to your child’s Liferaft calendar and have those appointments display in your own Google calendar. When you add an appointment for your child, Liferaft also allows you to see your Google calendar so you can avoid clashes. Having your child’s calendar separate from your own in Liferaft means others who you share your child’s information with can also see what they have planned without you having to share your calendar too.
At the moment, we are not able to offer this function, but it is on our development plan.