DRT Brings Game-Changing Technology to QoLF

DRT’s Technology Transformation team modernizes Wounded Veteran Family Care Program with newest, cloud-based approach to data management, data analytics and data visualization. (reprint of original article at http://www.drtstrategies.com/qolf?journal=109) DRT Strategies, Inc. (DRT) (www.drtstrategies.com), a leading management and technology solutions firm, announced today that the company’s Technology Transformation team designed, built and implemented its enterprise business intelligence solution, providing data management, data analytics and data visualization, for the Quality of Life Foundation, the national organization that through the Wounded Veteran Family Care Program, supports families who provide substantial care to severely wounded, injured or ill veterans.  To deliver the cloud-based and mobile
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A Thousand Words

Our caregivers hustle between chores, caregiving, nurturing, and life. Oftentimes, without a moment to spare or a minute to pause. The ability to enjoy a sunset, a flower, or a pretty picture will often elude a caregiver as they rush to the next task or next emergency at hand. To be able to capture a moment, any moment, may seem trivial to most but for one caregiver, it meant a moment of solitude and enjoyment … it meant a moment to connect with her family. This caregiver provides Tier 3 level care to her veteran spouse and 3 children. The veteran
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Taking It For Granted

As we go through our days on our cellphones, IPAD’s, and our other personal electronic devices, that facilitate access, ease paperwork, and make rapid response a given, it is easy to forget, or not even have a notion, that many people do not have these simple devices to make their lives easier. In some households, there are not any computers, or an internet connection at all. For some children, the only computer they will touch will be the one in their schools. Computers and technology are not a given a given for everyone—it is, in so many instances, a privilege. Oftentimes,
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Doing it Alone – With a Little Help

Our military caregiver families are special. Oftentimes after multiple deployments and military moves, these families are accustomed to getting things done. They have mastered the art of negotiating difficult situations and there are few challenges that they are not ready to try to tackle on their own. Not to mention, the ability to take care of yourself, and secure your own quality of life, is fundamental to every persons’ feeling of completeness. For the most part, our caregiver families are doing it alone. Many come to the Quality of Life Foundation for support after years of trying to figure out
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Just Tell the Story

Our caregivers are often beset with incredible challenges. Many out of their control, and some like an act of God, as exhibited in the Texas, leave them at a total loss. But what do you do when it is not an act of God, and still out of your control, and it seems there is no way out that does not create more problems? Sometimes, you Just Tell the Story. This caregiver of six includes the veteran, his spouse and caregiver, and four minor children.  The Veteran served in the Army and deployed to Iraq in 2006-2007.  As a result
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A Much Needed Break

When tragedy strikes, our caregivers find themselves thrust into unexpected and unknown situations. These situations, may be short-term, but could become a new way of life. One thing is for certain, the new circumstances create stressors that are incredibly difficult to handle. The stressors can be so tremendous that at times the caregiver will neglect themselves, their own doctors’ appointments, their own interests, their own needs, for the benefit of the veteran or the children. We recently received a note from a veteran caregiver who despite feeling the weight of the world on their shoulders, to the point of considering
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Buy Tickets to an Orioles Game and Support Wounded Veteran Families!

  Quality of Life Foundation Fundraiser Sunday, August 20th at 1:35 p.m. vs. Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim Kids Run the Bases (postgame) presented by Weis Markets (All fans 14 and under) Tuesday, September 19th at 7:05 p.m. vs. Boston Red Sox Orioles Knit Cap (All Fans) Friday, September 22nd at 7:05 p.m. vs. Tampa Bay Rays Fan Appreciation Weekend Fireworks (postgame) presented by Johns Hopkins Advantage MD Saturday, September 23rd at 7:05 p.m. vs. Tampa Bay Rays Fan Appreciation Weekend Orioles Hooded Sweatshirt (All Fans 15 and over) Pricing and availability vary by game. Pricing will be displayed within
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Collaboration for a Caregiving Family

Stuck Have you ever had to move something very heavy? You struggle vigorously against the weight of the object, and feel your body in motion, your legs sluggishly moving one in front of the other, only to stop and look around and realize you have barely moved at all? Now, imagine that feeling being your existence, every day, every step, just to move from one room to the other. This is sort of the feeling that our caregiver shared with us that their veteran experienced. Your mobility is forever changed when you return home from battle and find yourself confined to a
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QoLF Advocates for Caregivers

If our FSC had not advocated for this caregiver, she might still be trying to reach someone to accomplish the home modifications her wounded veteran needed.   This family of four includes the veteran, his spouse and caregiver, and their two daughters.  While serving in the Army Reserves throughout multiple deployments, the veteran stepped on an IED in Afghanistan.  He sustained multiple injuries to include right leg BK amputation, de-gloving of the left leg/limb salvage, PTSD, TBI, restricted lung disease, and much more. His spouse and caregiver reached out to us for assistance in finding contractors for a home modification
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A Road Less Traveled

Caregiving is a journey of at least two people— the caregiver and the care receiver. It’s not a race to the finish. There are detours, diversions, and sometimes roadblocks. Sometimes your journey is a straight, flat four lane highway with light traffic and sunny skies; other times your journey is a winding one lane mountain path with a sheer drop off on one side, mountain on the other, with oncoming traffic, and mudslides. There will be some parts of your journey that you will want to take out and pour over the “preserved” memories—snapshots if you will. There will be
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