R&R CARE | PROUDLY SERVING EDMONTON SINCE 2012 | OUR STORY
Our Story – The Beginning
Chelsea grew up knowing she wanted to work with seniors from a young age. It was in high school when Chelsea became sensitive and aware of how important social and loving environments were for seniors- she helped her mother care for her own grandmother who was diagnosed with an aggressive cancer. Sunlight, company, and good food all gave her grandmother small pleasures when she was no longer able to be independent.
Chelsea remembers her mother being very involved in her grandmother’s care and advocating for other seniors around her that didn’t have many supports. She also remembers her mother feeling very guilty when she had to work and couldn’t be by her grandmother’s side. If only there had been a place for Grandma for the few hours a day her mother or a family member couldn’t be there.
The Path Forward
After high school, Chelsea completed a Physical Education degree and then a Master of Science degree in Occupational Therapy from the University of Alberta in 2009. Chelsea worked in Long Term Care after her schooling and it’s here when the light bulb turned on – a community based day program would benefit seniors who needed a little more help to keep active and engaged in their city.
Chelsea came to know the caregivers in the facilities and not unlike her mother, were busy with their own careers and some still had children at home to care for. They wanted the best for their parent but just couldn’t always be there- they needed more help. A day program, Chelsea thought, would give caregivers an opportunity to give an uncle, parent, or friend a day out on the town to have fun and do creative things. She knows a program like R&R would have alleviated some stress when her and her own mother were taking care of her grandmother.
In 2012, the R&R Care day program opened its doors in west Edmonton- the first and only of its kind. Since its debut, Chelsea and her staff have seen many clients and their caregivers come in stressed and unhappy but after only couple days at the program leave feeling relieved, energized, and joyful. This is what Chelsea hoped for and after 5 years, still remains the case!
Occupational Therapist, Laughter Yoga Leader
After completing my Bachelor of Physical Education degree in 2006, I developed an interest in rehabilitation medicine. I graduated in 2009 with a Master of Science in Occupational Therapy degree and the extent of my work experience has been involved with my two favourite demographics- seniors and adults with special needs. Within this time, I have held an active membership with the Alberta College of Occupational Therapists www.acot.ca as well as with the Society of Alberta Occupational Therapists www.saot.ca.
More humorously, I have become a certified laughter yoga leader through the Laughter Yoga International school www.laughteryoga.org. II would like to thank my mother, Lois for all the love and support I needed in building this business. I couldn’t have done it without her guidance and I will continue to honour you, Mom! I want to thank Kelsey for her time in helping and volunteering with our clients. We appreciate it!
If you have any questions regarding Occupational Therapy and how an occupational therapist works with seniors and adults with special needs, please feel free to contact me.
MEET OUR TEAM
Professional Human Ecologist, Animal Rescue Enthusiast
After completing my time as a practicum student at R&R in April 2015, I was ecstatic when officially welcomed into the R&R family! Graduating from the University of Alberta with a Bachelor of Science degree in Human Ecology, I am knowledgable in a holistic systems approach to examine the many contexts of people’s lives. In other words, it is the field of study examining the who, what, when, where, why and how people live in order to provide them with opportunities to live life to their fullest potential. I currently hold an active professional membership within the Alberta Human Ecology and Home Economics Association and have recently been certified with the Understanding Dementia course through the University of Tasmania. My passion for enriching the lives of others and ensuring they are living to their fullest potential motivates my goal to continue my education in obtaining a Masters degree in Occupational Therapy. If I’m not found being a companion to someone’s loved one, I’m likely on the soccer field, volunteering for local organizations or spending time with family, friends and dogs!
Client Engagement Facilitator
EMT, Passionate Foodie
After completing my Emergency Medical Technician program, and gaining the opportunity to care for people in a medical aspect, I knew I was going to pursue that road further. I am currently a psychology student at the University of Alberta, and have a passion for working with seniors and adults with special needs. Since I started working with Rehab and Retreat as a Recreation Technician, I have quickly grown to love all of our clients here. In my free time, I love to try new food, play sports, and spend time with my friends and family!