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It has been a year!

Hello Therap World!

I can’t believe that it has been 1 year since Allison had made me a trainer!  When our company first got to using Therap I thought it was the neatest thing out there.  That is probably why I bugged Allison so much to make me a trainer. All of the documentation and storage in one place…No Books….this is never going to last!  Our data will be eaten by the internet monster, things are going to get lost never to be seen again..its going to take so long to document without using a pen and paper.  Muahahah Oh what doubts some people had.  Since becoming a trainer I have learned so much from others and how they are using Therap and have gotten to pass my knowledge on to others in hopes it will make their experience better . The Therap community never disappoints..Well almost never I would still love to see something change but that is just me! :) I would really suggest that if you are the person who trains staff at your agency to talk with Allison and GET CERTIFIED!  You will have the opportunity to meet new people see what is new on Therap and ever try new things out before everyone else gets to see them!!!  Oh the perks!

Well I really hope everyone has a safe and happy holidays!

Until Next Year!

Tonya

By |2016-11-03T10:15:09+00:00December 16th, 2014|Categories: Tonya Klein's Posts|Tags: |Comments Off on It has been a year!

Baby it’s cold outside

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

By |2014-11-18T14:24:56+00:00November 18th, 2014|Categories: Tonya Klein's Posts|Tags: |Comments Off on Baby it’s cold outside

The Wearables!

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.

By |2016-11-03T10:15:10+00:00October 27th, 2014|Categories: Lorelei Glenn's Posts|Tags: , , |1 Comment

It has been a WILD Ride!

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!

By |2016-11-03T10:15:10+00:00October 27th, 2014|Categories: Lorelei Glenn's Posts|Tags: , , , |Comments Off on It has been a WILD Ride!

It’s my Life Conference

Hello All!

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!
Tonya

By |2014-10-09T19:25:26+00:00October 9th, 2014|Categories: Tonya Klein's Posts|Tags: |Comments Off on It’s my Life Conference

Re: How S.M.A.R.T. are we? by Mary Lawson

I just had the opportunity to read Mary Lawson’s post from last month regarding S.M.A.R.T. goals, and moving towards D.U.M.B. goals. As I begin leading a group here at Mosaic to work on ISP Program quality, I think I just may change SMART to DUMB! Great idea, and I loved how the descriptions are more specific on what the goal should include. Here’s to creating some really great DUMB goals!

I was browsing through some ISP Programs today, and noticed one that caught my eye – here is a brief synopsis (from what I can remember – name has been changed)!

Goal: XYZ will use his environment

Specific Goal: XYZ will learn to do his laundry

Task: Staff will help XYZ to do his laundry by reminding him when it needs to be done, how to do different tasks, etc.

Teaching Method: XYZ often doesn’t want to do his laundry and will try to get staff to do his laundry for him. Stress importance, etc.

It made me chuckle – if I could get someone else to do my laundry, I would too!

P.S – My husband often does all of the laundry. :)

 

By |2014-09-16T22:48:32+00:00September 16th, 2014|Categories: Lorelei Glenn's Posts|Tags: , , , , , |Comments Off on Re: How S.M.A.R.T. are we? by Mary Lawson

It’s My Life

Well we will not be having our normal Nebraska Therap conference in Lincoln this year.  We are going to be having a It’s My Life conference in La Vista.  There will still be some Therap sessions just not as many as there has been in the past! :(  But, this will be amazing because there will be some great speakers and I am very excited about the change of location.

There really has not been a whole lot else going on here  just getting use to all of the new changes with billing.  Hopefully one day we will be able to get the attendances all set up so we can use this part of Therap as well!  Just the little things make me happy!  :)

 

Keep on learning!

Thanks

Tonya

By |2014-09-04T20:08:11+00:00September 4th, 2014|Categories: Tonya Klein's Posts|Tags: |Comments Off on It’s My Life

How S.M.A.R.T. are we?

For as many years as I have participated in the IEP, IPP, ISP, IHP development process, goals have been the cornerstone in creating a “good plan” for the person that we were serving.  We have been trained and taught many others in the development of those goals by using the acronym S.M.A.R.T.

We began writing goals for ourselves using the S.M.A.R.T.  model.  It is so simple, just be S.M.A.R.T. and you would develop a pretty decent goal.

Everyone remember;

S . = Specific

M.= Measurable

A.= Achievable

R.= Realistic

T.= Time bound.

Maybe, just maybe, we have been writing goals all wrong!

Recently I was presented the opportunity to listen to personal development trainer, Brendon Burchard, founder of the High Performance Academy  speak about goal setting and why we should consider writing goals from a different perspective.  Burchard contends that we should be D.U.M.B. when writing goals.  Burchard believes that goals written with the S.M.A.R.T.  model are deficit based and we need to be bolder than that. So he challenged us to set some D.U.M.B. goals.  Let me attempt to explain.

D. = Dream big, destiny driven – what would be the ideal, magical thing in life that you want to achieve?

U.= Uplifting, it has to be compelling, attractive, important to you and positive. Phrase it in a way that is so positive that you can’t wait to get started and get there, focus on the gain.

M. = Method friendly.  Method is the map, a set of practices you want to repeat. Consider what practices can be created around the dream that allows it to happen easier.

B. = Behavior driven, what behaviors/actions happen now that can become the trigger for the new behavior/action/ that you want to develop?   You have many established routines, which of those can you attach the new behavior/action to so it is the “trigger” that steps you forward in reaching your dream.

So, dream big, be bold, develop some big hairy audacious D.U.M.B. goals.

By |2016-11-03T10:15:11+00:00August 26th, 2014|Categories: Mary Lawson's Posts|Tags: |1 Comment

What a month so far!

Lots of excitement going here in Omaha. I started the month off with taking care of my mom before, during & after surgery. She was able to go back home last Thursday, and is doing well. She has never been sick, doesn’t take medications and hasn’t had to have surgery since 1972, so the whole hospital experience was new for her (by the way, she just turned 76 last month)! I’ve now realized how often we forget to update important documents, like wills and advance directives. My mom hadn’t updated anything since before my dad died in 1996. I was a little bit worried since my brother was listed as the only Medical Guardian, but I was the one handling all of the medical things with my mom. I also realized that my will has not been updated since BEFORE my son was born (he is now 21)! Whoops…

So, just a reminder to everyone out there – remember to update your wills/advance directives, or at least review them once a year (like at Benefit Election or Tax time). Or for individuals in service, at annual planning time. Better to be safe than sorry!

On the Therap home front, we are now beginning Health Homes in Kansas. Are any other states out there with Health Homes who use Therap?

By |2014-08-19T21:43:39+00:00August 19th, 2014|Categories: Lorelei Glenn's Posts|Tags: , , , , |Comments Off on What a month so far!

A Wonderful Review!

It’s that time again so here it is….

We had our State Surveyors come and do our State review a few months back and it really did not go to bad (I thought).  Having someone back there with them when needed to point them in the right direction WORKED GREAT!  Well they must have thought so too!! We received our Certification in the mail!  Having Therap makes everything so nice…we were not pulling books worrying about how and where things were filled.  It was a “oh click here” and “pull this up”!

I am so proud of our management team and our staff to have taken to Therap the way they did! They just continue to use it more and more and hey they even like it!  Staff continue to say how easy it is and why did we not use this years ago!

Just remember when all else fails keep moving forward!

Tonya!

By |2014-08-12T21:12:19+00:00August 12th, 2014|Categories: Tonya Klein's Posts|Tags: |Comments Off on A Wonderful Review!