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.
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:
- 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
- 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
- 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.
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.
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…..
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.
Well this year instead of a whole Therap centered conference, Nebraska had an It’s My Life conference with lots of guest speakers, entertainment and of course the guys from Therap. Let me tell you it was a great conference. I just missed seeing all of everyone from Therap!
Anyways I know that there is a lot of work to be done by everyone when it comes to billing on Therap but I can’t wait to get this rolling out. Then to have all of the Service Coordinators start using the ISP Plans on Therap and everything will be able to be linked and done even quicker. It was really great to hear from the Western part of Nebraska Service Coordinators as they have been piloting these things for a while and from what I hear everything is going well and is really liked.
Otherwise things have been pretty quiet around here just still finding new things to do every day. Hope you all are trying some new things on Therap as well. Little bits at a time make things easier! :)
Have a good one!
Therap allows the persons we serve to have access to their accounts. It allows them to track their spending and record their balances monthly. They get all of this in real-time. This feature is located under the individual tab and it’s called Personal transactions. The persons I support carry bankcards and they either carry them on their person or it is stored in their secured safe in their home. It allows the staff that support the person to record the transaction, upload the receipt and record what was purchased in detail. Some of my people have purchased Ipads, boomboxes, keyboards and etc. Photos are also taken as proof that the item is in the person’s possession. Then it is also recorded under the personal inventory section under the same tab. The guys love pulling out their bankcards and making purchases, especially when they are shopping for clothes. I tell you, they love looking good. Trust when it’s time to leave the home, they (the higher functioning) always say, “I got my money.” The challenge is making sure that staff don’t let others leave home without their money. One of my guys tells me all the time, “I always have my money and I keep my card in my wallet. I can keep it better than the staff; they lose stuff.” And you know what? I believe him. Let’s ensure all our people have access to their money!
The Learning Community for Person Centered Practices is one of my all time favorite resources. The resources/tools are all about people, for and with people. Tools that give an organized format to use good common sense to support people.
One such tool, that is so very versatile is the One Page Profile. So many uses in so many enviroments. I ran across this video specific to creating a one page profile for people who to not use words to communicate. Check it out for yourself!
I love, love the sites they have out there:
Hope you find them as exciting as I do!
Bill Gates once stated, “Technology is just a tool. In terms of getting the kids working together and motivating them, the teacher is the most important.”
I believe this to be very true, but not just with teachers; supervisors and upper management are like teachers are also responsible for working together and motivating and getting employees working together. I read an article last week about how do you really know if you are a good leader; and the response to that was you really don’t know if you are a good leader or not, it is the people that you lead that determines if you are a good leader or not. You can certainly work hard a leadership qualities, but according to the article by Bill Koza “Being a Good Leader is NOT Up To You. “ “How do you know?”
Click here for a link to the full article.
A point that I stress to our present agency staff at all times, and to new staff at orientation, is to never struggle with obtaining information from Therap. For some reason I work with some rebels who feel that they can “conquer” Therap on their own. First of all, there is no conquering, as Therap is an easy system to navigate and secondly I ask them why are you wasting time? I had a Residential Manager call me and said with much exasperation ” I can’t find finance info I need and I have been looking for it for 2 hours!” She had misplaced her instructions. I instructed her on the process again and the information that she was looking for was obtained within one minute. When I asked her why she didn’t call me in the first place her answer was, “I didn’t want to bother you.”
I tell my staff that my job is to guide them through Therap and that they should always bother me if they have a question. What I am trying to say is that there is a lot of useful information that is easily obtained through Therap; you just have to know where it is, so ask your Provider Administrator, a Certified Trainer, Therap Customer Service, etc…We are all here to help. Solutions can be given within minutes, you just have to ask.