The Impact of Occupational Therapy: Yolanda’s Story

Yolanda Jefferson sustained a spinal cord injury after a fall in her home in May 2018. She came to Magee Riverfront in January 2019 to participate in the day rehabilitation program at the request of her physician. After 8 weeks of attending daily therapy in the day rehabilitation program, she is now participating in traditional outpatient services. Yolanda brings a positive energy and spirit that is infectious to our outpatient environment!

How did occupational therapy make a difference for you after your injury?

Yolanda: They gave me so much strength, positivity, energy, and the willpower to live. They helped me focus on myself and my recovery.

What were some of your favorite OT activities or sessions?

Yolanda: I really liked learning how to transfer, especially to my bed, which made me a lot more independent at home. I liked working on cooking and getting myself dressed too. Learning how to drive a power wheelchair was huge in helping me to get around more.

What is something you learned/gained from OT while you were at Magee Riverfront that will you help you at home or in the community?

Yolanda: After going on the community outings, I was inspired to get out more in the community and spend time with family and friends. Before that, I never wanted to go out and spent all my time in the house.

Yolanda Jefferson with Al Vernacchio, OTR/L, an occupational therapist at Magee Riverfront.

Anything else you want to add about your experience at Magee Riverfront?

Yolanda: I want to thank my whole team: Al (OT), Cate (OT), Joann (RN), Carmella (RN), Emily (PT), Colleen (Rec Therapist), Patricia (Therapy aid). They did so much for me and I’m grateful to them all.

In honor of Occupational Therapy Month, learn more about the role that occupational therapists play at Magee to improve the quality of life of persons with disabilities.

Share This Article!