Ida Hall is pictured at a Toronto retirement home. (VERONICA HENRI/QMI Agency)
TORONTO - Eva Altay broke her hip doing tai chi this past January.
The feisty soon to be 102-year old is now manoeuvring without her walker.
She credits the physio she got three times weekly -- and her resolve -- for making that happen.
The native of Budapest said she refused to be confined to a wheelchair, as many her age are resigned to do once they break a hip.
"They worked so hard and did all the exercises with me," she said of her physiotherapists, showing me her workout when I met her last Friday. "They were very strict."
Ida Hall, two months shy of 105th(!) birthday, also went to physio three times a week and to exercise classes to keep her mobile.
"I look after myself completely," the petite former lawn bowler told me proudly. "I try to be as self-confident as I can be."
I visited with Altay, Hall and some of their fellow residents at St. Hilda's Towers, a Vaughan Rd. retirement residence, where 151 seniors were abruptly cut off from their physiotherapy treatments last Thursday.
This came as the result of a court ruling permitting the health ministry to proceed with plans to delist OHIP-funded services provided by the Designated Physiotherapy Clinics Association (DPCA).
The changes were supposed to kick in Aug. 1 -- until a three-week stay was granted July 26 to allow a DPCA court challenge to be heard by a panel of three judges.
A sign is now posted on the door of the retirement home's physiotherapy room -- fully equipped with treatment beds and exercise equipment and staffed by four DPCA employees -- indicating that the local Community Care Access Centre (CCAC) will be taking over the services as mandated by the health ministry.