Branching out to the Unknown…

Branching out to the unknown…

Branching out can be uneasy, make you feel on edge, out of your comfort zone. Flying to somewhere you have never been before, going out on a date, starting that first job after college, moving out of your home, divorce any change can be the unknown.

The unknown when your eyes are open can lead to some of the most beautiful exhilarating experiences, I know for me this is truth. I have traveled to places I never expected, seen beauty in people and things I never believed I would see and made lists of so many more places I want to go! It’s pretty incredible!

I have gone places alone. I have ventured out to be myself and talk to people listening to their interests. It’s amazing who you can meet who you were intended to connect with. The only way you are able to get that is through branching out to the unknown or becoming comfortable with the uncomfortable.

Routine is comfortable for sure but I don’t feel like we will ever reach true evolution and growth without uncomfortable lessons, variety of experiences good and bad and that invaluable beauty in this world.

Branch out, get uncomfortable and you will find the most exhilarating, attractive product for this industry serving people with disabilities has arrived, Ruby Docs! Join us today in this movement for quality!

Pay for Success

Pay for Success is in other states besides Connecticut.  It is time that providers who serve those with developmental and intellectual disabilities start taking a look at the model and making sure that data collection is in check!  Pay for success will incentive providers who are doing the work, the good work we all want to do.  It will allow providers to get rewards for moving people forward toward their goals for jobs, more productivity, decrease in challenging behaviors, decrease in medications and increase in the quality of life.

Look no further, Ruby Electronic Docs does it all.  You will get your incentives as a provider, not just the incentives we give out to the individuals we serve!

The Miracle of Ruby Docs

We knew there was a better way. 

So we developed Ruby Electronic Docs (RED) because it was time for a system that met the real documentation needs of real behavioral clinicians — like us — and real clinics (like our own Elegant Clinical Corp.)  Two years down the road and Ruby documentation software just keeps getting better and better, based on lessons we learn every day from practical experience and valuable input from fellow clinicians across the Country. 
Gone are wasted days struggling with mounds of paperwork in awkward binders, frustrating searches for missing documents in different formats, annoying fumbling as sheet protectors fall from worn out binders as precious time slips away. Gone too is dreaded report writing, and documentation of goals and behaviors which compete for time with the daily routine of activities, social skills development and incentive programs for individuals.  Instead RED brings simplicity and harmony to our daily routine without the distraction of those important, but time-consuming, reports.  Thanks to RED, our reports are now completed quickly, thoroughly, and accurately with exceptional care and attention to detail with the push of a button.

Now we are able to locate a specific behavior, goal, incentive, or positive behavior graph. We are able to let families and other stakeholders know what work task, activity, or social skill an individual took part in at any given time on any given day. RED is an easy to use, just plain smart, intuitive system that has made our lives and our work so much easier.

The Benefits of RED – A snapshot
All the data you need in one location. 
If you have Wi-Fi you have access.
No more counting behavior data. With a click, a graph appears.
Nor more figuring our goal percentages. A goals are calculated for you.
Positive behaviors are graphed-so moving into a Positive Behavior Support (PBS) model is easy
No need for bulky, expensive binders for Progress Notes, or Confidential Books
More quality time free for individuals served
Ability to quickly print emergency fact sheets and individual plan reports in the RED format direct from client records.
Behavioral Plans are built in for ease of use with proactive, reactive and functional analysis. Behaviorists/Clinicians can finally focus on what is most important: clients served, teams and quality of care.
Medication management is all in one spot! Administer, Doctor’s Order, Rights, Sign off
Documentation Management area includes a PDF to Word Converter.

Our Exciting Journey at Ruby

At Ruby we started with decades of hands on experience providing services for people with intellectual, developmental and mental health disabilities.  We then opened our own agency, Elegant Clinical Corporation, in 2012.  We quickly learned there was an ongoing need for our agency services. We also learned our industry needed a comprehensive, easy-to-use system for preparing and storing the thousands of pages of documents required when working with individuals with disabilities requires.  Working with our team of software engineers, we developed the Ruby Electronic Documentation System, or “Ruby Docs”.  Today Ruby Docs has evolved into an elite system that truly meets the needs of all of us who work in the disabilities field at the state, regional, national and international level. The Ruby system was first developed and tested at our own agency where we applied our working knowledge and experience to build a “dream system”. Our background is in psychology but we are growing and expanding our services into new areas of intellectual and mental health.  We are proud of what our software development team has accomplished, but will continue to build upon our success as a developer of easy to use, easy-to-learn, affordable record keeping systems for medical professionals. We encourage you to join us on what we are sure will be an exciting and productive journey.

Getting On the Road with Our Solution

When I first set out to find an electronic documentation system for our agency, Elegant Clinical Corporation, I couldn’t find what I was looking for. What was available was either too hard to learn, difficult to install, or too generic to use. Instead of making life easier for us they just created more work for them. They were also expensive and required endless training sessions. Again, more work!

So I set out to develop a product that had all the features we needed at low cost, was easy to use and was designed specifically for people like us. I’m pleased to report that we did it! We are now using it, benefiting from it, and sharing that benefit with others.

I couldn’t be more proud of what my team has accomplished. We have been traveling over the past few weeks, meeting with people, talking about Ruby Electronic Docs and educating our niche market about what we have done. It is a product you will want to use, want to tell others about and that we are proud to share with others.

Because we truly know and care about the individuals we serve, we are offering our solution, Ruby Electronic Docs, to our industry. We offer a provider-to-provider product because we care. And we understand.

Ruby Loyalty: What You Have Always Wanted

Today Ruby Docs offers the documentation product you have always wanted. We know this from speaking with current users, from others who have seen what Ruby can do, and from users of other products that just don’t compare with Ruby (and cost a lot more!). And we also know it from our own experience in clinical services. Read More …

Building From the Ground Up

Building an organization from the ground up is both exciting and frightening . . . with very little in between! You soon find how much you need to learn, not matter how good you are at what you do, and who is there to help you – or not! Of course there are always people out there who really don’t want to help you at all, along with naysayers, skeptics, and those who already have more than enough on their plates. But after a while, the whole process begins to come together, as you learn what to expect from yourself and those around you.

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Recognition

Recognition goes a long way. I always feel good when someone thinks of us. The holidays are traditionally a time when we recognize those closest to us. We send them a card or a note, give them a gift. Talk to them. It could be those we know through business, or our personal lives. No matter. It is a time when we express our gratitude for those who are part of our lives and part of our universe.

But lately I see less gratitude being expressed. Maybe it is because we are all so busy, so preoccupied and stressed there is no time to reflect gratitude for, and to, those who make our lives better. Maybe it is the volatile world we live in? Yet I really, really believe that recognition and gratitude are the foundations of our personal and professional life and must always be expressed.

It is really important to keep our relationships alive and intact. As a company, as part of the Ruby community, and for all those who are part of our success, we want everyone to know we are so grateful for knowing you. We recognize how wonderful you are . . . and thank you every day.

Social Skills, Plus Work, Create Opportunity

Social skills and work go hand and hand.  Both combine to ensure success in the workplace.  Social skills teach us everything about life — and I do mean everything! They teach us about personal hygiene, getting along with others, how to handle conflict, maintaining relationships with difficult people, managing emotions and much more.  Outside my office door I can observe ongoing social skills being developed right here at Elegant Clinical Corporation.  I am proud to say we are a state-of- the- art organization, with many interconnected activities that are not only fun, but relevant and relatable.

The daily job environment that our individuals are exposed to here simulates real-life work situations to ensure personal growth and growing independence for all those we serve.  Because things are changing rapidly in the workplace — not only where we live, but all across America — it is imperative that we all take a hard look at what works, and what doesn’t, for individuals in the workforce.  From our perspective, more education and greater understanding of  the needs of individuals, is badly needed. For most  individuals social skills training helps, giving them a jump start finding a place in the job market. But that isn’t all that is needed.

In order to create a better work environment for everyone, it is essential to think hard about how we can make more businesses appreciate the needs of individuals and boost general understanding throughout the broader population.  I have seen successful businesses, both new and well established, that effectively employee our individuals in coffee shops, florists, auto detailing and mechanics.  Admittedly, these businesses may be run by those who want to make a difference for their own family members,  or for  friends with disabilities.  But these businesses sustain individuals who might otherwise be overlooked or left behind. But there is still a larger group who are not yet working, partly because the level of public understanding is just not established firmly enough to sustain higher levels of long-term employment.

The same sense of accomplishment that makes any worker thrive, can be shared much more broadly than it is today. It is time to find more realistic alternatives for our individuals who work, instead of vainly hoping that they will be sustained in a highly competitive job market — if only conditions would allow them better access.

Resources for Those Serving Individuals with Disabilities

I have been reading articles lately about how scarce resources are today for those with disabilities. Really? A lot of unsung heroes work on a day-to-day basis creating loving, caring and stable environments for these individuals. Their combined efforts are a powerful force. But yes, more resources are always needed, as well as more charitable contributions. To keep support coming, it is important that those who donate see positive outcomes and progress made in the programs they support. They may want to browse posts from you on social media, receive newsletters or even get some personal recognition. In order to accomplish all that, you may have to pull together to focus your resources. Also, get your individuals involved. It is amazing when everyone works together wat kind of can be achieved.

Make sure to let people know about your program, where to “like”, or “follow” you on social media. Collect and use e-mail and mailing addresses of possible supporters. Follow up with people. Make sure they know how grateful you are that they are supporting you.

Understand that the foundation for growth of any venture is ensuring you are grateful for all those around you. In order to grow, you have to work together. Maybe you cannot afford a Human Resources person right now. You may all have to do double, or even triple, jobs for the time being. Everyone may have to work harder. Try to think outside the box to create a program that is authentic for you and remember enjoying and absolutely loving what you do is key. It takes commitment, it takes sacrifice and it requires spirit. But it is all worth it in the end, both personally and for all those you are able to help.