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Therap, the One Stop Shop

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…..

By |2016-11-03T10:15:10+00:00October 15th, 2014|Categories: Tomeka Ray's Posts|Tags: |Comments Off on Therap, the One Stop Shop

“I have access to my money.”

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!

By |2016-11-03T10:15:10+00:00October 9th, 2014|Categories: Tomeka Ray's Posts|Tags: |Comments Off on “I have access to my money.”

Staying in the game!

Teamwork makes the dream work!

Therap is all about being on top of your game. It is forever updating and changing. One must continue to participate in training opportunities that are presented. It is also important to share your acquired skills by volunteering to facilitate a trainings to enhance the skills of others. This helps build comaraderie among your peers and others that are new to the system. Build your skill set and stay in the game. It’s about providing the best customer service to people with disabilities.

By |2016-11-03T10:15:11+00:00September 5th, 2014|Categories: Tomeka Ray's Posts|Tags: |Comments Off on Staying in the game!

Advocacy

We at St. John’s Community Services stand behind Advocacy. We have made it our mission to ensure that all individuals we serve have an opportunity to have their voices heard despite their limitations. We live and breathe “advancing community support and opportunities for people living with disabilities”. Special events are held in the homes to encourage and foster self-worth and ownership in all activities that encompass their lives. For example, the Women’s group continues to empower the women with knowledge and confidence within themselves. They have taken the driver’s seat with the coordinating, planning, and facilitating their meetings. They actively support one another and this has increased the cohesiveness among the women. To take it one step further, St. John’s would like to have a men’s support group that will focus on the needs of our men. This continues to be a challenge with getting participants involved and commit to the group. But the pursuit of this goal continues…… Therap has made our ability show Advocacy at its finest!

By |2012-03-07T02:08:45+00:00March 7th, 2012|Categories: Tomeka Ray's Posts|Comments Off on Advocacy

Hitting the Target

This was a special provision made for me to pass the rifle range.

On January 27, 2012, I was sent to the firing range in preparation for a 6-month assignment. I was somehow hoping that I would not have to complete this task based on my assignment, but no such luck. Instead, I was schedule and was informed that the weather was going to be extremely cold and I should dress accordingly. We would not be provided lunch so bring my lunch and get some hand warmers from Dick’s Sporting Goods. Because I have anxiety about firearms and the such my stomach was not in its best mood. I reported to the motor pool only to find out I was the only female going to the range. The instructor gave us an overview of what to expect and when he was done he asked if anyone had any questions. I raised my hand and asked about the bathroom. He provided the directions for the women’s bathroom and then asked me if I had ay additional questions. I replied, “no” and he asked if I was sure. He stated that the look on my face during his entire briefing made him nervous.  So, I went to the bathroom and of course my stomach was still unpleased, so I coached myself  saying, “you can do this.” When I returned to join the group, everyone was already at their assigned firing site and they were waiting on me. To keep from holding the group up,  some of the guys had loaded my magazines for the practice session.  The instructor, Sgt Jackson stayed close by to ensure that I was comfortable using the firearm. We fired two practice rounds and it was identified that my target was never hit. So one of the other instructors suggested to Sgt Jackson that the smiley face was needed.  My target was taken down and a smiley face was posted instead. I was instructed by the other instructor to hit the red nose on the smiley face. After the 3rd practice round was completed, it was discovered that I did not hit the smiley face either. The other instructor came to me and asked if I had a problem with the smiley face. I replied, “no.” So the instructor called for a cease fire from the other participants and I was asked to shoot at my smiley face with the two bullets that were provided. I was asked to take my time and fire at the target. After shooting, I went with Sgt Jackson to look at my target. I hit the smiley face in the left eye and to the left side of his nose.  Sgt Jackson stated,  “now he has a pimple.” Based on the shots, that site needed to be moved 2 to the right and up 7. Everyone was provided an opportunity to finish their practice shots and then we took a break for lunch. I asked about the qualification and Sgt Jackson indicate that we had to get 25 points to qualify but you can only hit each of the ten targets five times.  At the end of the day, I finished with 33 points to qualify. It was recommended that I return to practice and get comfortable using the firearm.

New Therap users face the same anxieties. Especially those who are not computer savy. When it came to training the staff to use Therap it was a challenge. We faced instances when there was no documentation at all because the staff was afraid to touch the computer. To reduce the anxiety, we offered classes to the staff to teach them the basics. Some were grateful and signed up more than once. Others were still reluctant, but eventually grew accustomed. It was shared with them that this method of documentation would make their work alot easier and paper documentation would be a thing of the past. Since the implementation of Therap in 2009, the staff’s ability to communicate how they have helped enhance the lives of the individuals they support has been monumental. It is a worderful thing to just be able to log in on the internet and get a snapshot of what is going on in the life of an individual receiving support. Its even greater to see them putting their own documentation in on how their day went.  What’s even greater is the outside entities (such as DDS, guardians, attorneys, family and etc) that have a need to know having the ability to access their assigned person or loved ones info at their leisure. Now they can spend more time visiting their loved ones rather than trying to read up on them and visit them at the same time.  Therap has been a great attribute and investment in many ways. With Therap you’ll  always hit your target and at St. John’s it’s “Advancing Community Support and Opportunties for Individuals Living with Disabilities.”

By |2016-11-03T10:15:45+00:00February 22nd, 2012|Categories: Tomeka Ray's Posts|Comments Off on Hitting the Target