REHACARE 2022: Self-determined living

Magazine: Year-round information portal on the topic of "Self-determined living"

Parasports in the time of Coronavirus – restart and reset on hold
To overcome the challenges resulting from the pandemic, sports clubs and associations had to get creative. Reinhard Schneider, Chairman of the Disabled and Rehabilitation Sports Association of North Rhine-Westphalia e. V., knows about the future challenges disability sports face due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the impact on sports associations.
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Height-adjustable, versatile and adaptive – wheelchairs for kids
A wheelchair should fit your needs and support your life wherever it may take you. In theory, you can find the perfect model from many available options. But for one group of people, the choices are more limited – children. Meanwhile, they are the ones in dire need of assistive technology that helps them play with their friends and fosters their independence.
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Labor force participation of people with disabilities in the time of Coronavirus – opportunities and stumbling blocks
Not many of us are lucky enough to find our dream job and stay in it until the day we retire. Sometimes this might be due to health and medical reasons, which could necessitate occupational rehabilitation. If people have a severe disability, Germany’s Federal Integration Offices, or Inclusion Offices along with the pension insurance providers are the responsible authorities.
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Rollators: lightweight mobility aids with style
They used to have an image problem. But now, rollators or walkers, are anything but boring or stuffy. For many, they are treasured state-of-the-art companions for everyday life and a way to express their personality.
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The right assistive technology promotes active sports participation
Whether it’s activities in the water, snow or at home – exercise is a great way to boost your health and feel better. A wide range of assistive technology also makes this an option for people with physical disabilities or mild dementia. Some of these tools allow users to enjoy sports in spectacular, beautiful backdrops – in both winter and summer.
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Lionel Messi and OrCam: Enhancing self-determination in the lives of people with visual impairments
Off the soccer field, professional footballer Lionel Messi is known for his commercials for Pepsi, Lay's or Dolce & Gabbana. Now he has also become the brand ambassador for OrCam MyEye and shines a bright light on this unique assistive technology. Why did the two decide to form this rather unusual partnership?
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Crisis-proof: moso navigates confidently through the coronavirus pandemic
Years of business expertise, in-house production, and new personnel competency – the Motion Solutions GmbH is well-positioned to withstand the challenges brought by the coronavirus pandemic and continues to offer its customers the best service. CEO Gierse discusses the role products like the COSEAT and EasyStand play in this setting and reveals the expectations the moso team has for the future.
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Accessible hiking in the mountains: The X8 off-road power wheelchair takes users to the top
From the valley to the hut in a wheelchair – and no shuttle bus or mountain railway required. Wheelchair manufacturer Sunrise Medical teamed up with various partners as part of a joint initiative to turn this idea into a reality.
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Joëlette Kid makes outdoor experiences more accessible
Going on new adventures with the whole family is fun for everybody. At least, if the necessary assistive devices meet the needs of their users. So does Joëlette Kid – the new all-terrain chair by Ferriol-Matrat. In an interview with REHACARE.com, Alison-Lore Bourget told us about the special features and how especially the children react to their new possibilities.
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Mobility: Small hand control systems with a big effect
Simple, ergonomic, reliable – the multifunctional handles, ACCEL BIKE and ACCEL QUAD, enable improved participation in a mobile and self-determined life. What the two solutions have in common and yet differ, Pierre Gouraud, International Sales of Sojadis Equipement, reveals in an interview with REHACARE.com.
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EXTRA: Made to measure sports wheelchair for a better performance
Solid and adapted – this is how auxiliary means for competitive sports such as wheelchair basketball should be. That's why EXTRA wheelchairs from Turkey offers made to measure sports wheelchairs to professional sports people. REHACARE.com talked to Demirhan Serefhan, Managing Director of EXTRA, about the importance of customization and valuable feedback directly from the basketball court.
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Photo gallery: A safe island for siblings
Since May 2020, the sibling support of the Angelika Reichelt Kinder- und Jugendhospizes Joshuas Engelreich (English: Angelika Reichelt Children and Youth Hospice) has been taking place in the newly created so called Geschwisterinsel (English: Sibling Island). You can gain a small insight in our photo gallery.
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Cassandra Mae Spittmann – That's how she rolls
Cassandra Mae Spittmann discovered the world of rhythm at the age of two. While she started out playing the tabla with her feet, the 19-year-old now elicits the notes with her hands. She has remained true to her preference for Indian music. With her voice and her songs, however, she is reaching an ever-growing audience worldwide. At REHACARE.com she tells us how she rolls otherwise.
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Anna Fee – That's how she rolls
If society doesn't provide accessibility, people have to do it themselves. That's why, Anna Fee has not only become active in the field of fashion. What "going your own path" means to her, why a flight was her greatest adventure to date and how she rolls otherwise, she tells us at REHACARE.com.
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Sebastian Schild – That's how he rolls
Sebastian Schild has made his strength his profession and helps others to lead a better life. The 36-year-old is a speaker, trainer and expert for inner strength, perception and mindset. Who he would like to philosophize with, what he cannot live without and how he rolls otherwise, he tells us at REHACARE.com.
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Silke Pan – That's how she rolls
Not making happiness dependent on external circumstances or other people and believing that the best is yet to come – that is Silke Pan's recipe for success. What the sport is an expression of, why she would like to ride on the back of a dragon from literature and how she rolls otherwise, she told us at REHACARE.com.
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Antonia Feistenauer – That's how she rolls
When you are disabled and/or chronically ill, self-acceptance is an important step in dealing with yourself and your disability – or in Antonia Feistenauer's case, her disabilities and diseases. What or who helps her in everyday life, what – on the other hand – would help society in dealing with disabilities, she told REHACARE.com.
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Stylish and innovative design: taking it to the top with the Lifton home elevator
Raúl Krauthausen recently discovered how much an elevator can make your life easier and add accessibility to your home. These days, the disability rights activist uses the LiftonTRIO Home Elevator from Lifton GmbH to navigate his apartment in Berlin. Reason enough for REHACARE.com to ask the Liftstar Group what makes the Lifton home elevator so different from other systems.
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World Cerebral Palsy Day – for inclusion and social participation
I am here, we are here, and the world should know it – with this message, the World Cerebral Palsy Day on October 6 should not only draw more attention to the disease. It is also intended to raise awareness of the fact that there is still a lot of catching up to do in terms of the participation of people with cerebral palsy in many areas of society.
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Tokyo 2020: Paralympic Games in a "bubble"
The Paralympic Games in Tokyo were different than originally planned – not only for the athletes, but also for the technicians and other experts who helped turn the Tokyo athletic event into a success. Daniel Anlauf was on location as a technician of Ottobock – the official technical service partner of the Paralympics.
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One step at a time – With ema, the smart treadmill for gait rehabilitation
The overall goal of rehabilitation is to – literally – get patients (back) on their feet and provide professionally guided training to regain mobility and strength. However, some people find walking on a treadmill boring after a while.
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PTSD assistance dogs provide security and increase rehabilitation successes
Dogs are not only popular pets, but in some cases they also do important work: Assistance dogs trained for people with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) are not only a physical companion in everyday life, but above all must also be a psychological support. The association Rehahunde Deutschland e.V. trains such dogs. This year it celebrated its 15th anniversary.
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Wheelchair trends 2021 – try and train for more mobility

Robotics and artificial intelligence to improve rehabilitation
A Universidad Carlos III de Madrid (UC3M) spin-off, Inrobics Social Robotics, S.L.L., has developed a robotic device that provides an innovative motor and cognitive rehabilitation service that can be used at health centres as well as at home.
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ZIPPIE Sphynx: tilt wheelchair designed for families on the move
Sunrise Medical is excited to expand the ZIPPIE® pediatric mobility line with the new ZIPPIE® Sphynx™. For busy families that are always on the go, this compact, transportable wheelchair has static tilt and recline to accommodate various client needs.
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Harald Quandt Industriebeteiligungen acquires majority stake in Funke Medical AG
Harald Quandt Industriebeteiligungen GmbH (HQIB) acquired a majority stake in Funke Medical AG in November 2021. The company is the German market leader in decubitus therapy systems. The high-quality solutions are used for treatment and prevention of decubitus and other skin damages resulting from extended immobility.
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Permobil’s Explorer Mini recognized as a TIME Best Invention for 2021
"We are honored for the Explorer Mini to be recognized by TIME as a 'Best Invention of 2021' and to be included alongside so many other groundbreaking innovations that are improving the lives of individuals around the world," says Bengt Thorsson, Permobil’s President & CEO.
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Getting a driving license with the joystick
PARAVAN GmbH was recently presenting its driving school for the first time at the German Driving Instructors' Congress in Berlin. In addition to the special needs and requirements of training for people with disabilities, the focus was set specifically on technical solutions for training. Not all people can simply sit in a normal passenger car and take the test there.
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Benefitting from smart wheelchair technology
Our world is connected, and so have Permobil power wheelchairs since 2018. 10 000 Permobil wheelchair users worldwide have chosen to activate a live internet connection to their power chair.
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Q’STRAINT ONE: new all-in-one wheelchair securement station
Wheelchair securement operators face a challenge: the nature of traditional 4-point securement can be both complex and highly customized. In a transportation fleet, every vehicle could potentially have a different securement system, making the job of securing passengers even more difficult for the driver. Q’STRAINT ONE aims to address this issue by offering a way to standardize securement.
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A rhythmic approach to music therapy for Parkinson’s patients
Assistant Research Professor Isabelle Buard, PhD, recently published the protocols for her study evaluating the effects on Parkinson’s patients of a specific type of music-based rehabilitative therapy called neurologic music therapy. The therapy uses specific combinations of rhythm and movement to "reprogram" certain frequencies in the brain.
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Breakthrough Device Designation to the ReWalk ReBoot Soft Exo-Suit
ReWalk Robotics, Ltd. announced its ReBoot device has been granted designation as a Breakthrough Device by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The ReBoot is a lightweight, battery-powered orthotic exo-suit intended to assist ambulatory functions in individuals with reduced ankle function related to neurological injuries, such as stroke.
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Sunrise Medical: new production facility for Magic Mobility
Sunrise Medical announce the production of Magic Mobility products out of its newly opened Nashville-based facility. Furthermore, Magic Mobility power wheelchairs will immediately be sold and supported by all Sunrise Medical Associates across the North American market.
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Helping blind people safeguard private visual content
A set of new algorithmic and interactive techniques being developed by researchers at the iSchool and partner institutions will empower people who are blind to independently safeguard private information in their pictures and videos.
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Ultra-light active wheelchairs: Permobil acquires Panthera
Permobil has entered into an agreement to acquire Panthera. The acquisition strengthens Permobil’s offer of manual wheelchairs. Panthera’s products complement the product portfolio and strengthen the company’s competitiveness in the market.
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Two in one stroke: PARAVAN PR 35/35S children's wheelchairs
The chassis, which has been reduced in size, makes the power wheelchairs, which have been specially developed for children, extremely maneuverable, thus enabling active and self-determined participation in everyday life. The path to optimal child care is now much easier. Since mid-October, the PR 35S children's standing wheelchair has had an aid number – as has its brother, the PR 35.
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Robotic pet boosts mood, behavior and cognition in adults with dementia
Florida Atlantic University tested the effectiveness of affordable, interactive robotic pet cats in an adult day center. Results showed that also the robotic animals had an impact on the adults' mood, behavior and cognition.
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Artificial vision for the blind by brain implant
A team of scientists from the John A. Moran Eye Center at the University of Utah and Spain’s Miguel Hernández University successfully created a form of artificial vision for a blind woman using a prosthesis hardwired into her brain.
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World Stroke Day: donation campaign by Ottobock
People affected by stroke are sharing their stories for World Stroke Day on Friday, October 29th. To give other stroke survivors courage, the HealthTech company Ottobock is donating to the World Stroke Organization for every shared Instagram story about life after stroke.
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Permobil Foundation surprises MLB fan
Permobil Foundation surprises Major League Baseball fan with a customized power wheelchair before the home game of the Minnesota Twins.
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Ottobock plant in Bulgaria officially opened
The new Ottobock plant in Blagoevgrad, Bulgaria was officially opened in a traditional ceremony recently. By taking this step, the international medtech company is expanding its production locations in the EU. A team of 225 employees currently work in Blagoevgrad, which is Ottobock’s tenth production location.
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Poststroke rehabilitation more effective with vibratory stimulus
Researchers at MUSC Health assess the effectiveness of using vibrations during occupational therapy and find it improves recovery in patients following a stroke.
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Telehealth screening of infants could aid in early autism support
New UC Davis MIND Institute research suggests that telehealth evaluation could help improve access to care for infants with an elevated likelihood of autism. The study found that telehealth approaches in the first year of life could help families facing barriers to care such as geographic distance and long waitlists and aid in early diagnosis and intervention.
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