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Baby it’s cold outside by Tonya Klein

Hello All!

With the weather in Nebraska getting colder and colder this makes me appreciate Therap even more. As the wind is blowing we are not having to transport books in and out  taking the risk of papers  blowing away.  Yet again everything is at our finger tips :) Life continues to change for services and individuals we serve.  The more information everyone is putting on Therap the easier it is to find things when something does change in someones life and things just don’t blow away never to be seen again. I would really suggest that while exploring all of the things Therap has to offer you really think about good places to store important information. Keeping things consistent on everyone page will be a time saver in the end!

Hope everyone has a safe and wonderful Thanksgiving!

Tonya

That Escalated Quickly by Misty Maroon

Dang it’s cold….Winter….That escalated quickly. Yes, it is time for my annual “it’s too cold in the south” blog. Thirty two degrees before Thanksgiving is not our way of life. Yes, I can hear all of you in the north snickering. Fall and winter bring on many things here at ROC. Our annual Fall Ball, where our individuals are honored for their individual achievements throughout the year and the holidays that are so much fun.

The most important thing that it brings on is the spirit of giving. Whether giving thanks at Thanksgiving or giving gifts at Christmas, Hanukkah, or your choice of holidays. Our wallets get a little looser this time of year, so I challenge you, while those purse strings aren’t so tight to consider giving to a cause, something that will make a difference. In our field, there is a lot of need in a lot of areas. Whether it is an individual that we serve who has the need, or a program as a whole. Many of us are non-profit organizations, so I challenge you, spend five less dollars on each person you are planning to buy for, whether it is one person or twenty, and donate that money to an organization who serves individuals with needs.

That being said, enjoy this time and season…laugh a lot, hug a lot, be thankful for all that you have in your life, smile at strangers, call a family member or friend you haven’t talked to in a while. I wish you all the happiest of holiday seasons.

Family/Guardian Satisfaction Surveys – examples anyone? by Lorelei Glenn

I thought I would reach out to everyone out in the Therap world, to see if anyone has any Family Satisfaction Surveys example that they would be willing to share. I am also looking for some additional information on response rates, implemented online or paper (or both), do you have a company create & tabulate the survey or do that in-house, and how you use the results you receive. Any information would be much appreciated. Thank you!

Happy Halloween! by Lori Sojka

Hope you have a SPOOKTACULAR day! Remember Therap is not scary, not even on Halloween!

Caregiver Pay Rule Enforcement Delayed by Kristy Dominy

The Obama administration is expected to delay the enforcement of the new FLSA rule until July 2015. Of course the law will still take effect January 1, 2015. The new law will effect many host homes in our state and across the nation if the host home provider is currently being contracted to provide the service. It is a great step forward for caregivers who are not currently receiving basic labor protection, but it is also scary to think that people with disabilities may lose longtime caregivers due to the the funding sources not being enough to cover a 24/7 employee with benefits. It will be interesting to see how providers work through this dramatic change.

User guides by Scott Barnette

Hello Therapers. I always had the privilege of working with another CT Kristen who was paid to play with Therap. Insert Jealousy here. Any time I had questions out of the scope of my knowledge I just hollered at her and got a quick answer. Now Kristen has transitioned from this place…. may she work in peace in South Florida, And I am finding my answers in the user guides. They are invaluable. I mean I’m a dude, I rarely read instructions but I must admit the user guides are a fav on my desktop. So if you haven’t yet explored them, type user guides in the search box, and learn away.

The Wearables! by Lorelei Glenn

Several months ago, I was able to use earned points on a card I had to purchase an activity tracker. I decided to get the Jawbone UP24, after looking at several reviews. For months I have been faithfully wearing my UP and love it! Now we are looking at piloting activity trackers with individuals we serve and the staff that support them. Last week I bought 3 additional activity trackers to see how they compare. Here are my results after only a few days using 2 of them:

Jawbone UP24

  • Still love this one, but doesn’t like to talk to my phone when I have other activity trackers on that are also using Bluetooth for connection
  • Easy to put and take off
  • Silent wake alarm (only happens when you are sleeping lightly)
  • Activity (lack of) and time silent alarms can be set throughout the day
  • Best view of stats for both sleeping and walking (in my opinion)
  • Only lasts about 7 days before needing charged
  • No progress throughout the day – have to look at phone
  • Bracelet charges by removing small cap

Fitbit Flex

  • I can’t put it on myself – maybe due to the arthritis in my finger joints! (The worst thing about it so far)
  • Can track a lot of things – water, food, calories, weight
  • Has a nice feature that helps you lose weight
  • Sleep stats are very difficult to look at compared to UP24
  • Best Dashboard view for everything
  • Progress info available on device
  • Have to take out the little device from the bracelet to charge
  • Wake alarm – but goes off at specific time, not based on sleep

Misfit Shine

  • Lightweight
  • Doesn’t need charging – simple watch battery lasts up to 6 months
  • Comes with watch band and magnetic clip (note, reviews said that sleep tracking isn’t as good when worn as clip)
  • Easier to put on as a watch than the Fitbit Flex – Magnetic clip is VERY easy to put on
  • Fairly easy to remove Shine from watch and clip bands
  • Waterproof to 50m (don’t have to take it off!)
  • Also functions as a watch – takes a little bit of thought to read the watch though
  • Not sure how to read the Sleep graph (I like to try things without reading the instructions)
  • Provides progress info
  • Walking is by points – not steps (I don’t like this – have to View More to see steps)

My favorite is still up in the air between Jawbone UP24 and Misfit Shine. I love the look of the Shine and that it is super lightweight (and doesn’t have to be charged or taken off). I think the stats are better on the UP24, but wish they were more like the Fitbit Flex. The big downfall with the Fitbit Flex is putting it on – I don’t want to struggle with something I can’t put on.

It has been a WILD Ride! by Lorelei Glenn

The time has come to transition Therap from a project to Operations for Mosaic.

We are quickly approaching our destination!

November 1st will mark the end of the initial planned implementation of Therap

(that started over 3 years ago) at Mosaic.

It is exciting to think about the progress that has been made

and the success that has been achieved.

Congratulations, Mosaic!

Therap, the One Stop Shop by Tomeka Ray

Therap’s innovativeness has helped bring charting and documentation to the 21st century. Therap allows you to document everything in realtime on a daily basis. Staff and clinicians can access records and data from almost anywhere that has internet access. Families, guardians, attorneys can review progression of ISP goals and gain insight of the activities their family member is involved in. Tracking has been made easy when it comes to incidents and behavioral occurrences in real-time. Reports have been made readily accessible and there is no more inaccurate percentages when it comes to data. The personal inventory tab is the best. Therap allows you to document the personal belongings for all persons being served. Therap allows you to update it as changes occur. Therap provides assistance with finances and provides up to date balances once all the required info is entered. Receipts and pictures can be uploaded as proof of purchases made. Billing for services was also solidified and makes attendance easier to track at the end of each month. Waiver authorizations can be entered and sends a tickler that the end date is approaching. Each person has their own Facebook page where photos can be uploaded. The only thing that is missing is a camera in the home that shows the supports being provided in the homes. Some may see this as invasive and a violation of the person’s privacy. There is not a whole lot one can do in Therap. Just see for yourself…..

Introductions by Stan Higgins

I want to introduce myself as one of the newer Certified Trainers.  My name is Stan Higgins.  I am Executive Director at Oaks of Hebron in Sonoma County, CA.

We have been using Therap at Oaks for the past 2 years and are excited about the way it has helped our agency record and track information.  We’re also very thankful that we started using Therap particularly to record service hours for our Supported Living services since we are being asked to submit increasingly detailed data to our Regional Center.  It’s is becoming pretty easy to generate time and data reports.

Several other agencies are joining the ranks up here in the North Bay.  I look forward to interacting with many more of you soon.

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