Haley O’Neill

Haley

O'Neill

Recreation Therapist, Service Delivery

Pronouns: She/Her

Haley is the Recreation Therapist at CarePros. Since joining the team in 2019, Haley has created and implemented a therapeutic recreation program for CarePros clients that promotes skill development and recreation participation, promoting independence and improving their overall quality of life. With the support of her recreation therapy assistant Shawna, Haley is dedicated to providing her clients with fun, creative, and engaging leisure opportunities that show how special, unique, and important they are. Before joining CarePros, Haley worked on the interdisciplinary rehabilitation services team at the Royal Alexandra Hospital as a Recreation Therapy Assistant and a Recreation Therapist. Haley was responsible for leading activity programs including art, music sing-a-longs, exercise, memory and cognition, baking, and horticulture to name a few, as well as making modifications to accommodate numerous acute and chronic diagnoses/disabilities such as dementia, orthopedic injuries, and stroke. Through this experience, Haley learned the importance of empathy, compassion, and the level of commitment required to provide exceptional client care to those experiencing life-changing barriers and disabilities that impact their quality of life. Haley graduated from the University of Alberta with a Bachelor of Arts in Recreation, Sport, and Tourism in 2017 and maintained professional membership status with the Alberta Therapeutic Recreation Association (ATRA). She continues to pursue professional development courses that support her practice as a Recreation Therapist to become licensed as a Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist. In her spare time, Haley enjoys immersing herself in movie marathons, designing her personal spaces with as many plants as she can fit, playing competitive sports with friends, and spending quality time with family and her dogs, Pooka and Duke.program protocols for the CarePros On-Site Respite Centre, which will include classroom art-based learning activities, a sensory-based room, dark room, and physical activity/play centre. Prior to joining CarePros, Haley worked on the interdisciplinary rehabilitation services team at the Royal Alexandra Hospital, as both a Recreation Therapy Assistant (RecTA) in the Active Treatment Centre (ATC) and a Recreation Therapist on the Transition Unit. As the RecTA, Haley was responsible for facilitating all the recreation therapy programs for the ATC units, including art, physical fitness, music sing-a-longs, pet therapy, cooking/baking, and brain games. Haley has modified programs to accommodate numerous acute diagnoses/disabilities such as dementia, orthopedic injuries, and strokes, to ensure every client can engage in therapeutic recreation, in both a group and one on one setting. As the Recreation Therapist for the three transition units in the hospital, Haley was responsible for managing a ~50 patient caseload, completing individualized assessments and developing goal-directed intervention plans for patients awaiting transition to their community placements. Through this experience, Haley gained an understanding of the importance of the level of empathy, communication, and commitment that is involved in providing exceptional patient care to facilitate a smooth patient discharge into the community and value that recreation adds to this process. In 2017, Haley graduated from the University of Alberta with a Bachelor of Arts in Recreation, Sport, and Tourism, successfully completing a 14-week practicum placement at the Glenrose Rehabilitation Hospital on the brain injury and stroke inpatient units and Specialized Rehabilitation Outpatient Program (SROP). It was this experience that motivated her to choose a career path focused on assisting people to find their purpose in life after experiencing a debilitating diagnosis and reconnecting them with the things that make them happy as well as the skill set to engage in those activities independently. In her spare time, Haley enjoys spending time with family, exploring the Edmonton and area wilderness with her chocolate lab Duke, having board game nights with her friends, watching movies of all genres, and finding new hobbies to immerse herself into.