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Abdulgazi Karaman – That's how he rolls

25.01.2024

The dream of the Paralympics came true for Abdulgazi Karaman in 1992. Back then, the 53-year-old played for the German wheelchair basketball team and won silver. Today, Abdulgazi Karaman himself is looking for future talents in wheelchair basketball. What he wants from politics and society and how he rolls otherwise, he tells us on REHACARE.com.
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Stefan Palkowski – That's how he rolls

13.12.2023

Stefan Palkowski loves sport. Whether it's soccer at Fortuna Düsseldorf or fitness in the woods – exercise is the be-all and end-all for the 53-year-old. The man from Gelsenkirchen has correspondingly high expectations of his prostheses. Why he sees a need for improvement in public spaces rather than in his fellow human beings and how he rolls otherwise, he tells us on REHACARE.com.
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3D printing – the future of assistive device manufacturing?

06.12.2023

It appears to be magic: seemingly out of nowhere, modern 3D printers not only create shapes and figures, but also entire kits for technical devices. The assistive technology industry is recognizing the almost infinite possibilities of 3D printing. From customized prostheses to ergonomic seat cushions – the future of this technology has only just begun.
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Kathrin Bay – That's how she rolls

29.11.2023

Kathrin Bay lives at her own pace: Due to a nerve disorder, slight movements, touches and even the wind cause severe pain in her feet, legs and joints. But Kathrin Bay has learned to deal with it. She is grateful for the assistive devices that support her. What she wishes for from society and how she rolls otherwise, she tells us on REHACARE.com.
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Philipp Fauck / FLP Media

Putting an end to back pain – thanks to exoskeletons

20.11.2023

Whether professional nursing staff or family caregivers – back pain is a widespread phenomenon among people who care for others. With the BionicBack, the companies Help Tech GmbH and hTRIUS GmbH want to provide an assistive device that relieves the back and prevents back pain. REHACARE.com spoke with Carolin Mühle from Help Tech about the exoskeleton and the challenges in today's care.
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Simon Spaedtke

Johnny Grasser – That's how he rolls

15.11.2023

Whether surfing on the ocean or climbing the Sugar Loaf Mountain – Johnny Grasser loves a challenge. The fact that not everything always goes smoothly is part of his success. Because you learn from your mistakes. That's why the 34-year-old would like us all to have the courage to make mistakes. How assistive devices could be designed better and how he rolls otherwise, he tells us on REHACARE.com.
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Sina Schachel – That's how she rolls

02.11.2023

Out in nature is where Sina Schachel feels at home. She enjoys leading an active life with her husband and their dogs. What can she do without? She can do without overbearing and paternalistic behavior. Unfortunately, she says, there is still far too much of that in our society. Which statements she finds particularly inappropriate and how she rolls otherwise, she tells us on REHACARE.com.
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Darlene Alderson / Pexels

Digitalization in therapy professions: Progress against the shortage of skilled workers?

26.10.2023

There is a shortage of skilled workers – also in the therapy sector. People who need physiotherapy, ergotherapy or speech therapy due to a disability, illness or injury often have to wait a long time for entry into a program. Progress in digitalization offers new opportunities for those affected and can relieve the burden on therapists.
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Alwin Zwiebel

Moritz Brückner – That's how he rolls

18.10.2023

We have to talk to each other to find solutions together – that is what Moritz Brückner believes. Sport is a good example of this – because hardly anything works here without teamwork. At the same time, sports give you so much in return, he revealed as a speaker at REHACARE 2023. Which assistive devices have the highest priority for him and how he rolls otherwise, he tells us on REHACARE.com.
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Andi Weiland, Boehringer Ingelheim / Gesellschaftsbilder.de

Inclusion in the workplace: how to make real participation in working life a reality

16.10.2023

Workplace inclusion – a topic that has preoccupied many people for decades, but continues to receive little attention in society. Instead of asking what measures can be taken to make a workplace barrier-free, many people with disabilities are still excluded and labelled as "not employable".
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Orthopaedic assistance thanks to 3D printing

09.10.2023

For some years now, the use of 3D printers has been steadily increasing. The devices offer many possibilities to give free rein to one's own creativity. But in addition to simple gimmicks, the printers can also produce a variety of complex products quickly and reliably. Create it REAL uses the technology for orthopaedic CAM solutions.
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Andi Weiland / Gesellschaftsbilder.de

Louder is not always better: assistive devices for people with hearing disabilities

27.09.2023

Participation is not the same as taking part. Many people with a disability are no strangers to this realization. At REHACARE 2023, Susanne Schmidt from the German Association for the Hearing Impaired explained to us where the problems lie in the participation of people with a hearing impairment and what technical, but also very human solutions are possible.
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Highlights of REHACARE 2023

20.09.2023

REHACARE 2023 – four days of exciting topics, innovative solutions, enthusiastic visitors and satisfied exhibitors. We show you the best impressions and most important highlights of the trade fair for assistive devices and rehabilitation in Düsseldorf.
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PARAVAN VW Caddy 5 Maxi: innovative solution with electric side entry

20.09.2023

PARAVAN offers a new solution for the VW Caddy 5 Maxi with an electric interior folding ramp that allows customers with disabilities to enter comfortably from the side. The vehicle offers a low entry height, versatile adaptation options for individual needs and was presented at REHACARE 2023.
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Start-ups at REHACARE: Ideas meet experience

19.09.2023

For the second time in a row after the pandemic, REHACARE takes place in Düsseldorf in 2023. Innovative start-ups will be present again. Innovation, progress and freedom characterize the working environment of VOSS healthcare GmbH. We asked what it means for a young start-up to be able to present itself and its ideas at a large trade fair like REHACARE.
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Personality: Companies with passion

18.09.2023

In the assistive technology industry, the focus is on people – at REHACARE as well. But what actually motivates companies to become active in this field? Behind many businesses is an astonishingly personal story that was once the cause and is still the motivation to help people. We took a closer look.
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HKK Bionics: Motion is freedom

15.09.2023

Most people use their hands for countless activities – every day. But what happens when your own hands no longer want to do what you are used to? At REHACARE, we spoke with HKK Bionics GmbH and asked them what makes their products for people with disabilities of the hands so special and how they can help people in everyday life. HKK Bionics can be found during the trade fair in Hall 4 / Stand D47.
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Sensory disabilities: Perception is individual

15.09.2023

Most people use five senses – they see, hear, taste, feel and smell. But this is not a given. People with a sensory disability live with one or more senses that can only be used to a limited extent or not at all. At REHACARE, we collected impressions of assistive devices for people with sensory disabilities.
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Exhibit, exchange, collaborate

14.09.2023

Over 700 exhibitors will present a wide range of products and solutions for people with disabilities or chronic illnesses at REHACARE 2023. In addition to the exchange with those affected and their relatives, the focus is also on networking and collaboration between companies. We wanted to know more about how companies benefit from this exchange.
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Safe on all paths – with the Smart Walker from Camino Robotics

14.09.2023

Not just any walker: with the Smart Walker, Camino Robotics wants to enable people to walk new paths in the truest sense of the word. In addition to the lightweight design, the presentation at REHACARE also focuses on smart AI and remote monitoring of vital signs. Jeff Jones, Chief Business Officer of Camino, told us in an interview what else the Smart Walker can do.
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From REHACARE to sporting heights?

14.09.2023

Inclusion means taking part – also in sports. The Rehabilitation and Sports Association of People with Disabilities in North-Rhine Westphalia (BRSNW) is therefore once again providing a place at REHACARE with its Sports Center where people with disabilities or chronic illnesses can experience exactly that.
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Rehabilitation for soldiers

04.09.2023

Whether in private or on duty, anyone who is injured as a member of the Bundeswehr (the armed forces of the Federal Republic of Germany) is entitled to extensive rehabilitation. After all, the fitness for duty of members of the Bundeswehr is an important asset – the troops should always be ready for action.
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REHACARE 2023: Professional participation is possible for all

31.08.2023

People with disabilities have the guaranteed right to be part of the community in all areas of life. But unfortunately, there are still far too many barriers that exclude individuals from the community.
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Participate, join in, experience - Highlights of REHACARE 2023

28.08.2023

In a few days it's that time again, the "REHACARE – Selfdetermined living" starts on 13.09.2023. But instead of just passively strolling through the aisles and looking at products at the various stands, the fair offers its visitors much more! We have already rummaged a little in advance, what there will be to see and experience during the trade fair days!
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Eat, grasp and communicate independently again: assistive device highlights at HIDREX

25.08.2023

Doing vital things that were previously only possible with the help of others independently again – this is made possible by the assisstive devices from HIDREX GmbH. With the Obi robot (an adaptive eating device), for example, people can eat independently. The carbon hand of HIDREX offers reliable and powerful grasping. The company also offers various solutions for aided communication.
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visitBerlin; Andi Weiland | Gesellschaftsbilder.de

Automobility: Self-determined living in everyday life

03.08.2023

Self-determination is one of the basic needs of every person. However, the everyday life of people with disabilities often becomes more difficult due to various barriers and restricted mobility. This frequently also applies when it comes to driving a car. Individual adaptations and digital solutions, however, often make this possible again.
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Timo Hermann | Gesellschaftsbilder.de

From handbike tours to camping holidays – how to manage mobility in leisure time

27.07.2023

Riding a bike or going for a hike at the weekend – what is normal for many can be a great challenge for people with mobility impairments. When participation in social life is impeded, the quality of life often suffers. The effects vary depending on the degree to which people are affected. Thankfully, many companies offer solutions to manage the desire for mobility in leisure activities.
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Messe Düsseldorf/ctillmann

Assistive devices on the job: solutions for occupational participation

07.07.2023

As a trade fair for rehabilitation and care, REHACARE has been a meeting place for people who work in this specialist field or individuals who themselves have a disability and their relatives for over 40 years. Each come to discover the latest developments and opportunities, for example in the field of aids, training and careers, therapy or travel/leisure.
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Messe Düsseldorf/ctillmann

Inclusion in the workplace: public agencies champion occupational participation

07.07.2023

In times of skills shortages, more companies are recognizing the potential of inclusion in the labor market. Many job advertisements now explicitly address people with disabilities. Public agencies provide support and advice on (re)entering the workforce.
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REHACARE China

REHACARE SHANGHAI has been upgraded to REHACARE CHINA

26.06.2023

REHACARE SHANGHAI will be upgraded to REHACARE CHINA and relocated to Suzhou, offering a platform for communication and cooperation among rehabilitation companies, medical institutions, and service organizations.
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Digitalization and robotics: REHACARE has a finger on the pulse

26.06.2023

As a trade fair for rehabilitation and care, REHACARE has been a meeting place for people who work in this specialist field or individuals who themselves have a disability and their relatives for over 40 years. Each come to discover the latest developments and opportunities, for example in the field of aids, training and careers, therapy or travel/leisure.
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Digitization and robotics in the assistive technology industry

26.06.2023

The topics of digitization and robotics are becoming increasingly tangible for us and, in many cases, they enrich our lives. They also offer a great support for people with disabilities. Speech computers can give people without the ability to speak a voice again, apps improve the effectiveness of hearing aids and care robots are already helping within retirement and nursing homes.
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Messe Düsseldorf / Andreas Wiese

Sports for people with disabilities: active on land and water

13.06.2023

Many people engage in sports in their free time. Some want to promote their own health, others want to achieve a specific goal. Some people use sport to clear their heads, while others simply enjoy it. Sports activities also serve as a meeting place for social contacts and shared experiences.
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