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Mobility Matters: Power Wheelchairs Change the Lives of Medicare Beneficiaries
Date:11/1/2010

OGDEN, Utah, Nov. 1, 2010 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Ten years ago, Keli Babcock faced a crisis. A medical condition was affecting her legs and her lungs, requiring that she use a ventilator. She couldn't walk or even maneuver a manual wheelchair.  Mobility had become a difficult challenge.  

But Keli wasn't about to give in; she aspired to accomplish much in life. The Medicare program provided the teenager with a power wheelchair, one that is powered by batteries and includes equipment that allows a ventilator to ride along with her.  

Keli is supported by her loving family, but with the power wheelchair she was able to care for herself and not be dependent on others.  She can get to the bathroom, prepare meals and perform other daily necessities of life in her home.  

What transpired exemplifies the impact that a power wheelchair can have on someone with limited mobility: Medicare helped vastly improve Keli's quality of life. With the mobility issues mitigated, Keli went on to achieve many of her goals, as well as give back to her community.  Keli finished high school, and then earned a Bachelor's Degree in Social Work from Weber State University.

"I wouldn't have been able to accomplish much without the power wheelchair," Keli says.  "It has made a tremendous difference in my life. I can move around my home, I work, and I've been able to travel.  None of those things would have happened if it weren't for the power wheelchair that Medicare provided."

Keli, now 27, works at the Tri-County Independent Living Center in Ogden, where she helps patients with mobility limitations overcome their challenges.   "I tell people my story, and what I have had to overcome, and hope it will inspire them," says Keli, who a year ago was crowned Ms. Wheelchair Utah for 2010.  Her winning platform was:  "You are unique. Live it. Love it. Rock it!"

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