Photo: girl sitting in a wheelchair by Wolturnus; Copyright: Wolturnus

Wolturnus

Assistive technology for children with disabilities: Wheelchairs promote mobility

30/11/2022

Mobility is key for overall child development. That is why children who have limited movement depend on getting the right wheelchair at an early stage to compensate for their disability and encourage participation. Manufacturers of pediatric wheelchairs are acutely aware of the important role they play in this setting. They showcased a wide variety of wheelchairs for children at REHACARE 2022.
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Photo: Detail of a man walking with the help of the ReWalk exoskeleton and crutches; Copyright: Messe Düsseldorf / ctillmann

Messe Düsseldorf / ctillmann

Germany's second-largest health insurer accepts preliminary ruling on ReWalk exoskeletons as direct disability compensation

30/11/2022

The health insurer BARMER accepts the second-instance ruling of the Federal Social Court North Rhine-Westphalia. This decision enables paraplegics in Germany to obtain exoskeletons as direct disability compensation on an easier pathway.
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Image: A man in a hospital bed using THERA-Trainer bemo; Copyright: THERA-Trainer by medica Medizintechnik GmbH

THERA-Trainer by medica Medizintechnik GmbH

THERA-Trainer: Complete solution for gait rehabilitation

24/11/2022

The goal of THERA-Trainer by medica Medizintechnik GmbH is to make it easy for people with restricted mobility to regain their lost mobility. That is why the family company has designed professional therapeutic products and robotic assisted complete solutions for all phases of lower extremity rehabilitation.
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Photo: Man wearing grip strengthening glove carbon hand watering an orchid ; Copyright: Bioservo Technologies AB

Bioservo Technologies AB

Carbonhand 2.0 approved as a medical device according to the EU-MDR

16/11/2022

The grip-strengthening glove Carbonhand® from Bioservo is now classified and approved as a medical device under the European Medical Device Regulation (EU MDR). The grip strengthening glove gives people with limited hand function additional strength and endurance in their grip and is equipped with sensors at the fingertips.
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Image: The soon-to-be-released Revolve Air wheelchair – once in folded and once in unfolded state; Copyright: Andrea Mocellin

Andrea Mocellin

Accessible traveling: foldable wheelchair by Revolve Mobility

18/10/2022

How can traveling become more accessible and more self-determined for wheelchair users – especially when traveling by plane or taking a cab? This is the question Andrea Mocellin wanted to address when he started inventing Revolve Air. His solution: a wheelchair with foldable wheels and a foldable frame.
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Photo: The booth of ReWalk with many exoskeletons and visitors at the fair REHACARE 2019. Copyright: Messe Düsseldorf / Constanze Tillmann

German Federal Social Court Schedules Hearing on Classification of Exoskeleton Medical Devices

26/09/2022

ReWalk Robotics, a manufacturer of robotic medical devices for people with lower extremity disabilities, has announced that the German Federal Social Court is scheduling a hearing on the classification of exoskeleton medical devices for people with spinal cord injuries.
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Photo: People in the entrance area of the REHACARE trade fair; Copyright: Messe Düsseldorf, Constanze Tillmann

Messe Düsseldorf, Constanze Tillmann

REHACARE highlights in 2022

12/09/2022

It's finally that time again, REHACARE 2022 will take place live on site again! The joy is equally great among visitors and exhibitors, finally assistive devices can be tried out again and personal conversations can take place. Since we know that you can hardly wait to visit the trade fair, we have summarized some highlights for you in the Topic of the Month!
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Photo: People get advice at a stand at REHACARE; Copyright: Messe Düsseldorf/Constanze Tillmann

Messe Düsseldorf/Constanze Tillmann

Choose, touch, and try out products – experience REHACARE live and in-person again in 2022

12/09/2022

You’re probably familiar with this scenario: You order a fabulous piece of clothing or shoes online, only to be terribly disappointed when the item arrives but doesn’t fit. It’s an all-too-familiar problem for people with disabilities who depend on these resources. Whether it’s a mobility aid or adapted car, the device must be customized to fit the needs of the individual to provide support.
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Image: The new Genny model is shrouded by a dark cloth. Only the silhouette shines through slightly; Copyright: Genny Mobility

Genny Mobility

Genny’s self-balancing and two wheeled wheelchair gets an upgrade – revealed at REHACARE 2022

01/09/2022

Inspired by the self-balancing Segway, Genny Mobility developed a wheelchair equivalent. What started as a newbie on the mobility aids market, now is ready for its third generation. The new wheelchair will be revealed in two weeks at this year’s REHACARE. Francesca Belotti allows for a little glimpse into what we can expect.
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Photo: RVs parked in front of a lakeshore at sunset; Copyright: CreativeNature_nl/envato.

CreativeNature_nl/envato

Living a self-determined life: accessible travel around the world

29/08/2022

Get in your camper to get away: Each year, thousands of Germans make this dream come true as is evidenced by the number of current new registrations of camper vans, travel trailers and recreational vehicles. Standard models often include many practical features - but unfortunately, accessible solutions are still few and far between.
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Photo: a man in a blue car with wheelchair loading system; Copyright: Veigel GmbH + Co. KG

Veigel GmbH + Co. KG

Electromobility: technology support for people with disabilities

29/08/2022

For persons with reduced mobility, participation in social and civic life is often only an option if the conditions are right: Wheelchair users need accessible designs to train stations or bus stops to use these modes of transportation. Unfortunately, many places still lack accessible accommodations, which is why many people rely on cars to ensure their mobility and transportation.
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Photo: a wheelchair is loaded into a car at REHACARE. Visitors watch; Copyright: Messe Düsseldorf, Constanze Tillmann

Messe Düsseldorf, Constanze Tillmann

No way too far – mobile by car

29/08/2022

Not everyone likes cars and for some they are an environmental sin. But for people with disabilities, they can be helpful and represent mobility, participation and new opportunities. After all, anyone with a mobility impairment doesn't always want to be dependent on others. In the Topic of the Month, we show examples of vehicle conversions that provide more freedom.
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Photo: a person helps another person wearing an exoskeleton; Copyright: Ekso Bionics Europe GmbH

Ekso Bionics Europe GmbH

Exoskeletons in rehabilitation

28/07/2022

A stroke or an accident are life-changing events since many survivors experience limitations of mobility. Not all patients regain full mobility with subsequent rehabilitation. Some physical restrictions may persist, making adaptive equipment and assistive technologies necessary. Exoskeleton use in rehabilitation shows promise for better treatment results.
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Photo: a young man tests an exoskeleton by descending a staircase during REHACARE. Several people are indistinct in the background; Copyright: Messe Düsseldorf, Constanze Tillmann

Messe Düsseldorf, Constanze Tillmann

Exoskeletons for prevention and therapy

28/07/2022

Exoskeletons are constantly evolving and are increasingly finding their way into prevention and therapy. In this month's Topic of the Month, we look at how they help protect people from physical harm at work and how they can be used in therapy!
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Photo: a nurse helps an elderly man in pajamas out of bed. A wheelchair can be seen in the foreground; Copyright: PantherMedia/ridofranz

PantherMedia/ridofranz

Textiles: clothing in care

02/04/2022

There are more than four million people in need of care in Germany, and for every one of them there are one or more caregivers. Discussions about their situation often focus on the right equipment, such as care beds, walkers or drinking cups. But one factor for pleasant and professional care is often forgotten – clothing.
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Photo: A sled running on rails in a hall with a dummy sitting on it; Copyright: AMF-Bruns Forschungs- und Entwicklungsgesellschaft mbH & Co. KG

AMF-Bruns Forschungs- und Entwicklungsgesellschaft mbH & Co. KG

Research and development: crash tests ensure safe design standards

17/03/2022

When it comes to mobility, safety requirements take top priority. To drive research and development in this specific area, the company newly founded a research and development company, which operates separately from the successful car conversion entity. Its competence center for mobile safety opened its doors in 2021 in Apen, Germany.
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Photo: a toilet in white in front of black tiles. To the right and left of it are grab bars; Copyright: PantherMedia/bitpics

PantherMedia/bitpics

Accessible bathrooms: fostering and maintaining greater autonomy and independence

28/02/2022

For most people, the bathroom is their happy place and sanctuary – which is why it is important to remove any barriers for safety, ease, and comfort. Unfortunately, this is not always a given when it comes to people with disabilities. Unless you live in a new building, you may have to remodel bathrooms and toilet rooms to accommodate your special needs.
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Photo: Woman sitting on a Mobili Kit from Benoit Systemes; Copyright: Benoit Systemes

Benoit Systemes

Mobile, more mobile, Mobili Kit: For more mobility into the narrowest corner

22/02/2022

When mobility declines, the step up to a wheelchair can be very costly, both emotionally and organizationally. Benoit Systemes has found a solution here: With the Mobili Kit, you can still make a U-turn in even the smallest hallway – and in your own favorite chair. Tanya Veraksa told us about the advantages of the Mobili Kit and the story behind Benoit Systemes.
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Photo: blue electric vehicle in the forest, a robot arm comes out from the back and holds a wheelchair next to the driver's door; Copyright: F. Sodermanns Automobile GmbH

F. Sodermanns Automobile GmbH

Mobility experience: sustainability meets state-of-the-art technology to support people with disabilities

19/01/2022

To benefit people with disabilities, it takes more than a standard model to plug into the future. F. Sodermanns Automobile GmbH collaborated with Electric Vehicle manufacturer e.GO Mobile SE to create this type of sustainable vehicle. REHACARE.com asked managing director and founder Frank Sodermanns what prompted the collaboration and learned about the little speedster’s countless possibilities.
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Photo: A young man is off the beaten track in the forest with the balance wheelchair; Copyright: 2KERR

2KERR

Wheelchair "add-ons": it all adds up to more fun and participation

16/12/2021

Inclusion also means that nobody gets left out when it comes to recreational activities. People with disabilities no longer want to pass up on any events, whether it is wheelchair sports, outdoor activities or just having "more fun” getting around town. REHACARE.com took a closer look at some of the latest trends in the leisure sector and gained exciting insights.
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Photo: A small Lego wheelchair driver at the port of Hamburg, in the background container ships can be guessed out of focus; Copyright: Andi Weiland | Gesellschaftsbilder.de

Andi Weiland | Gesellschaftsbilder.de

The right wheelchair for every occasion

16/12/2021

Wheelchairs have a special significance for their users: they give many people with disabilities a great deal of freedom by enabling them to live more self-determined. Whether for daily errands in the city, off-road adventures in the forest or for sports – the variety of wheelchairs is constantly increasing. REHACARE.com took a closer look.
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Photo: An electric car of the brand Ford Tourneo at the charging station; Copyright: PARAVAN GmbH

PARAVAN GmbH

Electromobility and autonomous driving: Where are we heading?

28/09/2021

After some initial hesitation, electromobility now seems to be picking up speed. We asked the German experts at AMF-Bruns and Sodermanns about the challenges of vehicle conversion. Aside from different drivetrain systems, PARAVAN continues to push the boundaries of automobility. REHACARE.com took a look behind the scenes.
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Photo: A Mercedes eVito inclusion cab in front of the Mercedes Benz Museum. A wheelchair user stands in front of the ramp at the tailgate; Copyright: AMF-Bruns GmbH & Co. KG

AMF-Bruns GmbH & Co. KG

Mobile – thanks to car conversions

28/09/2021

Electric cars, e-scooters, and electric bikes – will our future be shaped by electromobility? Does this spell the end of the internal combustion engine? Or will we embrace alternative fuel vehicles that use hydrogen fuel for private transport? How will these new modes of travel impact the way we work? REHACARE.com addresses these questions in our current Topic of the Month.
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Photo: a man getting lifted in a huge wheel loader, his wheelchair is standing ob the ground; Copyright: PARAVAN GmbH

PARAVAN GmbH

Promoting career self-determination with adaptive utility work machines

28/09/2021

Mobility is a key ability to live a self-determined life. It pertains to both the private and the professional realm: Agriculture, logistics, public service – none of them are possible without automobility. But who converts commercial vehicles to make them accessible for people with disabilities? And who pays for the costs? REHACARE.com looked into the matter.
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Photo: a young man with glasses sits in a wheelchair on a hill at dusk, a river and the illuminated river bank can be seen in the background - Tobi Kroll; Copyright: Tobi Kroll

Tobias Kroll

Tobi Kroll – That's how he rolls

16/06/2021

How can we arrive in an inclusive world? Tobi Kroll has a few suggestions, because he is always thinking about barriers – both structural and social. But he also has some ideas about how society can accommodate people with disabilities. Who he would like to discuss our society with and how he otherwise rolls, he tells us on REHACARE.com.
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Photo: a woman wearing a trikot and a helmet sitting in a wheelchair on a basketball field, she is holding a basketball – Ronja Holze; Copyright: Drazen Lovric

Drazen Lovric

Ronja Holze – That's how she rolls

02/06/2021

Sport has a special significance in Ronja Holzes life: First it helped her to accept her new life situation, then she fought her way up to the world championship and into the national squad in just a few years. Which sports she is talking about here, which auxiliary mean is particularly important for her life as an athlete and how she otherwise rolls, she tells us on REHACARE.com.
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Photo: a woman with light grey hair, glasses and a green t-shirt is sinnting in a wheelchair in front of a building, on her legs she carries a ramp made of tiny bricks; Copyright: Lego-Oma-Team

Lego-Oma-Team

Rita Ebel – That's how she rolls

19/05/2021

Rita Ebel has become known as the "Lego granny": Since accessibility is still a scarce commodity, she designs ramps made of interlocking plastic bricks. Boxes of the colourful bricks are stored in her house and are transformed into ramps with creative patterns. Why she herself is dependent on accessibility, why she never loses her smile and how she otherwise rolls, she tells us on REHACARE.com.
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Photo: a woman with brown hair and glasses is on the left side of the picture, in the background is the sea – Anne Schütz; Copyright: Holger Schütz

Holger Schütz

Anne Schütz – That's how she rolls

05/05/2021

Anne Schütz already learned in primary school that no distinction should be made between people with or without disabilities. So it's no surprise that she would like to meet the namesake of her primary school. Who that is, which device means independence for her and how she otherwise rolls, she tells us on REHACARE.com.
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Photo: A girl and a boy ride the TRETS trikes one behind the other. The background is motion blurred, which gives the impression of speed; Copyright: HASE BIKES

HASE BIKES

Sporty and flexible biking – with the new TRETS from HASE BIKES

04/03/2021

On your bike, get set, go – the new TRETS from HASE BIKES makes this possible for children with neuromuscular disease. And the best thing about it? Since it has a medical aid registration number, German health insurance companies pay for or contribute to the purchase of the trike. REHACARE.com asked Dario Valenti to find out what makes TRETS unique and why working for HASE BIKES is so special.
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Photo: a man is sitting in a power wheelchair, he is wearing glasses; Copyright: HomeBraceGermany UG

HomeBraceGermany UG

Sensor glasses: Move the wheelchair independently with your eyes

16/02/2021

The eyes play an important role in everyday communication, for example in recognising facial expressions. But for people with severely limited mobility, the eye makes much more possible: Equipped with the MyEcc Pupil, they can move their power wheelchair or a robotic arm independently. How do the glasses make all this possible? REHACARE.com asked Managing Director Thomas Rosner.
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Photo: A white car with a dented bonnet after a crash test, various individual parts lying in the foreground; Copyright: PantherMedia/chagpg

PantherMedia/chagpg

Development, testing, improvements: making automobility more inclusive and safer

24/01/2021

Many of the latest trends and developments in the assistive technology realm have started and evolved through the automotive industry. Hardly any other sector features research and development departments as big and state-of-the-art as this segment. Whether it’s an in-house test center or a visionary campus – people are hard at work to shape the future of automobility.
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Photo: Close-up of the lower body of a user who is currently driving with spike over a gravel road; Copyright: Exero Technologies

Exero Technologies

Functionality meets design: the new adaptive sport equipment Spike

29/10/2020

Activities aiming at occupational therapy and rehabilitation are boring? Not necessarily! A new assistive exercise and sports equipment named Spike is not only designed to be fun, but also suitable for everybody who wants to get and stay fit. How this works for whom and what kind of history connects Spike with REHACARE? We asked!
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Photo collage: Girl with WalkAide 2.0 goes for a walk with a dog. Boy with WalkAide walks on a path. Man with NeuGait walks down stairs; Copyright: Brio Photography / Pro Walk GmbH

Brio Photography / Pro Walk GmbH

Pro Walk: Overcoming foot drop one step at a time

24/09/2020

Safe walking without tripping or falling is challenging for people with foot drop. Luckily there are technologies that provide active support by using functional electrical stimulation (FES). Pro Walk GmbH delivers these types of foot drop systems. How do these devices allow users to complete everyday tasks? REHACARE.com asked Nico Riedl, Product Manager and Physiotherapist at Pro Walk GmbH.
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Photo: Mela Ikanovic and a ReWalker at the trade fair booth of ReWalk Robotics; Copyright: ReWalk Robotics

ReWalk Robotics

ReWalk Robotics: Optimal supply thanks to the latest robotic technology

10/06/2020

Rehabilitation and robotics increasingly go hand in hand. That’s why it is crucial to ensure the quality of robotic rehabilitation at any level. How important is it for companies like ReWalk Robotics to have the support of health insurance companies? REHACARE.com asked and also learned about the company’s future hopes for the industry.
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Photo: Peter Lammer at REHACARE 2019; Copyright: beta-web

beta-web

Standing Ovation facilitates mobility at the workplace

12/12/2019

Sitting while standing up – Standing Ovation makes this oxymoron possible. The rail system with its C-shaped seat bar and seat lifting unit allows Austrian chef Peter Lammer to sustain his job despite an 80 percent disability rating pertaining to his legs. With REHACARE.com he talked about the invention that brought back his zest for life and the feedback he received at this year's trade fair.
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Photo: Patrick Mayer in the German TV show

VOX / TVNOW / Frank W. Hempel

Mobility: Overcoming barriers with Wheelblades

28/11/2019

Whether they are on vacation in the mountains or brave winter weather at home – people with mobility impairments want to take precautions to arrive safely at their destination. Patrick Mayer is personally affected by disability and developed two products that enable wheelchair and walking aid users to master these situations: Wheelblades and the SafetyFoot.
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Graphic: Screenshot of the fuelService app, which shows two figures at a gas station; Copyright: fuelService

fuelService

fuelService app helps drivers with disabilities to refuel their car

18/04/2019

Your car ran out of petrol and you need support refuelling it? The new app fuelService is about to help you find a petrol station where you get the help you need. The app is for free and globally available. App founder Niall El-Assaad told REHACARE.com how it works.
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Photo: An accessible bus for the transport of people with disabilities. The hydraulic ramp is on the ground; Copyright: panthermedia.net/Valeriy_Al

panthermedia.net/Valeriy_Al

TTC Wheel-Trans: Accessible transport for people with disabilities in Toronto

17/05/2018

In Canada, the North Americans are far ahead of us Germans when it comes to accessibility. If you are a guest in Toronto, you not only have the possibility to travel with the usual public transport, but you can also opt for the 100 percent accessible alternative and use Wheel-Trans.
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Photo: Nicole Seifert

BGW/in.signo

"Safe mobility starts with the right choice and adaptation of the wheelchair"

23/07/2015

Whether it’s a wheelchair or a walker – for people with disabilities, it is crucial to control their own mobility in a competent and safe manner. Yet not everyone truly feels confident in every situation with these assistive devices. That’s why REHACARE.com spoke with Nicole Seifert about ways to foster more trust in yourself and others.
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