Lina’s Story

Lina was born in Odessa and came to Australia in 1975 with her mother, husband and two children. The move was prompted primarily by her son, then 18 years old, who wanted to be a doctor but knew that the chance of releasing this dream in the Soviet Union was non-existent.

In 2014 Lina had a serious fall in her kitchen. The result was a broken right hip requiring months of rehabilitation. She also started experiencing breathing problems and the three flights of stairs to the ground floor now constituted a barrier which kept Lina isolated in her unit. “l had lost interest in life. I was so scared of falling again I was like a prisoner in my own home. I was feeling worse every day. Then JewishCare came to my rescue and my life improved dramatically” said Lina.

JewishCare Case worker Yuliya helped Lina to get a Level 4 CDC (funded by government) package which provided a wide range of services and supports including podiatry, walking frames, continence products and importantly physiotherapy. The twice weekly physio provided by My Mobile Physio helped her to dramatically improve her mobility. One of Lina’s physios, Hayley, commented on her progress. “Initially she could barely manage a few stairs at a time but now she can do all three flights. Its quite remarkable” said Hayley. See the photo on L/R which shows Lina’s elation at conquering the stairs for the first time.

“I couldn’t believe that I did this, even my daughter couldn’t believe it. I am now so much more mobile. I am now attending Russian Day at the Burger Centre with my husband, to catch up with some old friends. It’s like I have new life and I have to thank Yuliya from JewishCare for putting everything in place for me.” said Lina