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…..
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!
Testing. Testing. Is this thing on.
I am new to the great big sea of information that is Therap. I have been swimming in it for about a year and have come to realize a few things. First, the deeper into Therap one goes the more amazing it is. Second is that fact that once you step into the Therap waters you are carried swiftly (and gladly) into those deeper waters. And finally I have learned that no matter how deep you get there is always a friendly Therapite to guide you.
Until next time this is Craig, from the blue waters of the Pacific Northwest, signing off… Wait is this thing still on.
During the Therap Conference on 2/7 to 2/9/12, I participated in my second Therap conference in New Jersey. My first was in Baltimore last year. That was an experience because I was anxious and did not know what to expect. My team members and I from St. John’s Community Services were excited to share our Therap knowledge since our implementation in 2009. During some of the discussion sessions, we we’re so involved in sharing our experience and teaching methods. We also share some strategies and tips of implementation and staff training. We returned to the rest of our team in DC and shared this experience and communicated how rewarding it was for us to attend, also how much we enjoyed and appreciated being at the conference.
This year’s conference was the most anticipated for me because of its large population. Being around other Therap participants from all areas of the state was a learning experience. The rest of the DC Team and I were there (as an entourage, 7 DEEP). We participated in different scheduled sessions some new and some old. The most important one I attended was ISP Data Report and any other session that has ISP in it. As a Program Coordinator, my daily activities of the direct and indirect services involve ISP. Although I’m very well familiar with Therap modules, I was much more interested in learning the ins/outs and all the corner routes in creating and utilizing the ISP modules. This was accomplished by attending several trainings, including some with Stacey which was very helpful. The sessions provided me with the understanding and knowledge to continue to be very effective with my job duties.
In addition to the sessions and trainings, I was blessed to become a certified Therap trainer, in addition to the many trainers from St. John’s Community Services. My certification was facilitated by Allison, she trained and helped me to know other cool areas of Therap to create reports and excel tips.
Therap is the truth and I’m one of the success stories of the 2012 Conference in New Jersey. I had a 360 experience of learning, teaching, sharing, communicating, and many other things include meeting Warren (one of the original creators/developers of this system).
Hi, I have been away for awhile but now I am back.
This past couple of months, our agency have been under a lot of monitoring from our governing body (DDS/DDA,Evans,Quality Trust, DC Health and Finance). Before we had Therap, there were a lot of books and folders that we had to present as proof of our work we do. Needless to say, that took a lot of time and energy. Now, that we have Therap the monitoring visits go much more qucicker and the information is easier to show and explain to the monitor person. We even went so far as to give them a log in for a read only time while they were there. To make a long story short, at first the monitors were not comfortable with using a computer to show our documentation. However, after a brief training in Therap on how to locate the information. The monitors enjoyed using Therap. The monitors stated it was quick to get the information they were looking for and it was arranged in a way that made sense and easy to read. Thanks to the hard work we do and thanks to Therap we did well on our monitoring visits. Therap has really changed the way we do business.
I went to my first therap conference this past week and it was fun. Fortunately, I have verizon wireless air card inside of my HP notebook, therefore, I had internet access all week! Sorry, for those who had internet issues. I thought it was kind of ironic that I was at a conference that showcases electronic charting using a website base and half the time there was no connection or internet issues; makes you go Hmmmm.
Anyway, outside of that and the fire drill, it was a good conference for me. I actively participated in several areas of focus such as: ISP program, GER, MAR, and CARF just to name a few. I had the opportunity to meet and network with other Therap users and share ideas. The highlight of the conference was, I had the opportunity to prove that I was a “SmartyPants” and become a certified trainer! I now join the ranks of other certified trainers at my agency (St. John’s Community Services). I was so excited, I left without learning the secret handshake!
Overall, I had a blast and can not wait to implement and train my other fellow nurses and staff on the new updates to the MAR. Well until next time, goodbye!
Antonio Brown RN
Well the Therap Conference in Fishkill has ended but the memories are forever. My take home thoughts are as follows:
The discussion around electronic signatures started off my first session. Providers discussed and shared how electronic signatures can be used and how to develop policies around them. Loved connecting with Tahseen (system analyst from Therap) who is going to work with the DC folks to “therap-a-rize” the consents required for different services. I can imagine guardians and family members being able to log in and sign the consent!
INDIVIDUAL HOME was a highlight! Love, love, love the new module that will allow users to to view detailed information regarding an Individual practically all on one page. Love that there is an Album section for photos. Pictures speak 1000 words. This is a great space for the individuals we serve to celebrate their lives in photos.
Therap conference was so hot that it set off the fire alarms. Although is was only 7 degrees and most folks did not have a coat, we evacuated into the crisp mountain air until the fire department cleared the building.
The DC Therap Users group got a chance to meet together to discuss ways to improve Therap use. A new user group (date and time TBA) will focus on how to incorporate QA tools used in the District of Columbia into Therap modules for compliance monitoring. Somehow, I got elected to Chair this group??!!
Later that day, SJCS-DC added another Certified Trainer to the bunch… Antonio Brown, RN! Way to go!!!
I told Richard that the one of my favorite hightlights about coming to the conference was the ability to work directly with the programmers!
I look forward to all the enhancements to the Mobile Apps including GPS tracked data entry! Wow.
Looking forward to seeing how we can incorporate eCHAT into our agency to enchance our medical service delivery. I know the nurses will be excited.:)
Although I didn’t take the trip to the city with the group, I did end the conference with a new pair of shoes…my favorite hobby.;)
Overall, we had a great time, learned a tremendous amount, and met a lot of cool people.
Now that’s The-rap up.