Photo: a joystick on a steering wheel; Copyright: PARAVAN

Universal multifunctional rotary knob "MultiMote" for cars

13/09/2021

Anyone who drives a car with a joystick, accelerator-brake slider or handheld device may occasionally lack a third hand to quickly and, above all, safely operate the turn signal, windshield wiper or other secondary functions of the vehicle. To prevent this from happening, there is the so-called multifunctional rotary knob.
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Photo: a person in a wheelchair sitting in front of a car with a ramp; Copyright: Andi Weiland | Gesellschaftsbilder.de

Mobility Networks launch virtual showroom

13/09/2021

Everyone at Mobility Networks is proud to say that their Virtual Showroom has officially been launched, providing all with an interactive experience of their inboard lifts.
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Photo: a young man with black hair and a dark jacket – Florian Lutz; Copyright: Florian Lutz

Florian Lutz – That's how he rolls

08/09/2021

Florian Lutz listens carefully to people with disabilities when it comes to making their lives more self-determined. As a rehab consultant, he is on the road around Göppingen – and on the internet: There, inspired by his daily work, he presents aids for people with disabilities. What he thinks aid manufacturers need to consider in development and how he otherwise rolls, he tells on REHACARE.com.
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Photo: a black power wheelchair on white background; Copyright: Pride Mobility Experience

The Jazzy EVO 613: Power wheelchair with 25 percent less charging time

08/09/2021

Both the Jazzy EVO 613 and Jazzy EVO 613Li models share many of the same features including mid-wheel drive, a 300-pound weight capacity, a new captain's seat, 13-inch drive tires with a turning radius of 22 inches, Active Trac® Suspension and multiple matte color-through shroud options.
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Photo: a factory whose chimney is lighted with purple light; Copyright: Ottobock

#WeThe15: The world's biggest diversity movement began at the Paralympics

06/09/2021

The Paralympic Games served to kick-start the #WeThe15 movement. Here, the International Paralympic Committee, the Invictus Games Foundation, the Special Olympics and the ICSD (International Committee of Sports for the Deaf) have joined forces for the first time ever. Their common goal is to draw public attention to the position of people with disabilities in society.
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Photo: a man sitting in a wheelchair, a technician knees in front of it and adjusting something; Copyright: Ottobock

New Ottobock-workshop for sports wheelchairs in Bad Oeynhausen

06/09/2021

Ottobock opened a new customer experience centre in Bad Oeynhausen. They designed the expansive site to house a showroom with personal consulting, workshop and training rooms. This mix will give athletes who come for treatment the opportunity for an interactive experience. They can test drive their customised wheelchair right there, with professionals at hand to make any necessary adjustments.
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Photo: image of a lower leg prothesis and how the magnets are placed inside the prothesis; Copyright: MIT Media Lab

Magnets could offer better control of prosthetic limbs

01/09/2021

For people with amputation who have prosthetic limbs, one of the greatest challenges is controlling the prosthesis so that it moves the same way a natural limb would. Most prosthetic limbs are controlled using electromyography, a way of recording electrical activity from the muscles, but this approach provides only limited control of the prosthesis.
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Photo: a man training with an exosceleton and getting help from a woman; Copyright: Kessler Foundation

Stroke: High-dose gait training with exoskeleton may improve function

16/08/2021

Preliminary findings by Kessler researchers show that the use of a robotic exoskeleton during inpatient rehabilitation for acute stroke may improve function. Gait training in the robotic exoskeleton can provide high-dose therapy soon after stroke, when it is likely to have its maximal effect on functional ambulation.
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Photo: Two women wear transparent masks so that all their facial expressions can be seen and communication is made easier for people with a hearing impairment; Copyright: iuvas medical GmbH

Better swallowing and understanding: Sophisticated aids from the field of speech therapy

15/06/2021

Some aids may play a minor role in life, but they make everyday life much easier. These include products from iuvas medical: on the one hand, the transparent mask miama, which makes communication in the pandemic clearer. On the other hand, the sippa drinking aid, in which the contents are kept constantly at the top by a membrane so that people with dysphagia can swallow more easily.
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Photo: a soldier leaning his head against his dog; Copyright: Rehahunde Deutschland e.V.

PTSD assistance dogs provide security and increase rehabilitation successes

15/06/2021

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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Photo: a black head support system on a mannequin; Copyright: Sheffield Hallam Universität

Head support system HeadUp Collar: Communication at eye level

22/04/2021

Head support systems for ALS patients are often not sophisticated and resemble neck braces. The University of Sheffield developed the HeadUp Collar, which can be individually adapted to the needs of the patient. REHACARE.com asked Anita Ogale, Product Manager at ProWalk, what makes the new head support system so special.
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Photo: a woman with dark hair and a purple shirt is looking outside a window – Heike Schlemmer; Copyright: Kai Myller

Heike Schlemmer – That's how she rolls

21/04/2021

Heike Schlemmer is actually shy. But when a hospital stay pulled the rug out from under her, she decided to talk openly about her life with spina bifida on Instagram and campaign for more respect for people with disabilities. Why she came to the hospital, which football club her heart beats for and how she otherwise rolls, she tells us on REHACARE.com.
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Photo: Three women with drinks in a Cafe; Copyright: PantherMedia/Sergiy Tryapitsyn

Incontinence: Effective management with the right aid and consultation service

02/03/2021

Incontinence comes with a list of misconceptions. Yet it is quite common and should not be a taboo subject. Incontinence affects many people: besides older adults, this includes pregnant women, people who are paralyzed or children. How do you manage incontinence and self-catheterization if you are affected and what are available product options and consultation services?
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Photo: a womans body, she is wearing green jeans and pulling up her T-Shirt a bit so that her ostopy pouch can be seen; Copyright: PantherMedia/Matusskaaaaa

Strategies for optimal bowel management with stoma or TAI

02/03/2021

A variety of solutions can help when the intestines don’t work properly: a stoma is an artificial opening designed to treat disease, relieve symptoms and make life easier. Transanal irrigation (TAI) is another well-documented technique that helps remediate fecal incontinence and constipation. Medical device manufacturers and home care experts help find the best solution to every problem.
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Photo: An elderly woman catches ichó. The ball starts to glow in red-orange colors.; Copyright: ichó systems - icho-systems.de

"ichó brings people with and without dementia together and provides a way to share stories, experiences, and impressions."

22/04/2018

Like the golden sphere in the fairy tale of the Frog King, ichó (Greek for echo) is meant to bring back lost motor skills and cognitive functions to people with dementia. The project of four former graduates of the Düsseldorf University of Applied Sciences aims to offer individual support through a person’s favorite music or fairy tale.
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