What are the unique characteristics of the individual models? What criteria are important to children, parents, and therapists when they choose a wheelchair? What requirements must wheelchairs meet? This pertains to a wide variety of applications, individuality as it relates to functionality and design, high adaptability when it comes to growth and other factors. Wheelchairs must also create opportunities for active participation in everyday life.
In Düsseldorf, REHACARE exhibitor Ottobock introduced its Kiddo pediatric wheelchairs, which meet these criteria and grow with the child. REHACARE’s collaborative partner FiNiFuchs – a German online review platform for pediatric assistive technologies – was excited to observe a product demonstration at the trade fair. Every wheelchair comes with a custom seating and back system. The seat system is also adjustable in width, height, and depth and grows with the child. "Children receive optimal support thanks to the large variety of components and adjustment options – including clever drum brakes or seat tilting function without changing the center of gravity," says Jana Jedowski, Product Manager Mobility Solutions at Otto Bock Mobility Solutions GmbH.
Wolturnus Germany showcased its new integrated Wolturnus Kids pediatric rehabilitation line at REHACARE. It represents inclusion, participation, and early intervention and includes wheelchair models. One of them is the W5 Junior: "It is a customized rigid-frame wheelchair that is built to meet the individual needs of the child," says Marco Hessler, Sales Manager at Wolturnus Germany. The frame of the W5 Junior is firmly welded with an adjustable rear axle, which facilitates a stepless balance point allowing continual adaptations. However, the wheelchair has no moving parts if the backrest and rear axle are fully welded into place. “That makes it extremely rigid, robust, yet very lightweight. It is ideal for children who are not as physically strong because this makes it easier for them to propel the wheelchair," adds Hessler.