Haley O’Neill

Haley O'Neill

Recreation Therapist

Haley is the Recreation Therapist at CarePros. Since joining CarePros in 2019, Haley has created and implemented a therapeutic recreation program for CarePros clients that promotes skill development and recreation participation to promote independence and improve overall quality of life. Haley strives to reduce the barriers CarePros clients experience and teach them how they can accommodate their unique abilities to be able to participate in healthy leisure activities. Haley provides 1:1 support for her client caseload but is also responsible for organizing and facilitating themed-night initiatives such as the Holiday Crafting at CarePros and the CarePros Stressbuster Pet Therapy evening (in partnership with the Pet Therapy Society of Northern Alberta). Haley has led the creation and implementation of Individual Support plans for CarePros clients that will address the physical, emotional, cognitive, social, and spiritual domains of wellness to ensure a trauma-informed, strengths-based intervention plan is established. Haley has developed and maintained a close working relationship with the behavioural support team at the Alberta Health Services Community Outreach Assessment Support Team (COAST) to collaborate on shared clients and contribute to their overall development. Haley is currently in the process of designing the space and developing the
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.