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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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Pride Mobility

Pride Mobility introduces the Baja Bandit

27/09/2023

Pride Mobility introduces the Baja Bandit, a powerful and adventurous scooter with impressive features. It offers users the ability to explore rugged terrain comfortably and confidently, embodying the company's spirit of pushing boundaries and daring to be daring.
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2019 peterschreiber.media/Shutterstock

Epilepsy treatment: First successful implantation of a new brain pacemaker

25/09/2023

In August 2023, Austria successfully implanted an innovative brain pacemaker called EASEE for treating focal epilepsy at University Hospital Vienna and MedUni Vienna. This procedure offers hope to epilepsy patients who don't respond to drug therapy by providing individualized brain stimulation without invasive surgery, aiming to reduce seizure frequency and severity.
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Private

Tatjana B. – That's how she rolls

20/09/2023

Her son, her husband, her neurologist – they make up Tatjana B.'s personal support team. Outside this environment, the young woman with MS would like to see more sensitivity and understanding from society – even when the symptoms of a disease are invisible. What changes she would like to see in the health care system and how she rolls otherwise, she tells us on REHACARE.com.
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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

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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Lifestyle: Live your dream – traction devices for wheelchairs and more

18/09/2023

Life is too short for boredom. People with disabilities or chronic illnesses also want pursue their dreams, passions and hobbies like anyone else. Sometimes this requires special assistance devices. What these are and what possibilities they offer, we wanted to know from the exhibitors at REHACARE.
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NextGuide: Blind cane with directional guide

18/09/2023

Development teams from a wide range of aids compete against each other in the CYBATHLON at ETH Zurich to test new solutions in a fair competition. At REHACARE, ETH Zurich will present the CYBATHLON and its various competition disciplines. One of the developer teams present is NextGuide, which has developed an intelligent cane for the blind.
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NatalieZera

Living Comfort Support (LCS) acquires WheelAir

18/09/2023

Living Comfort Support Ltd (LCS) has acquired WheelAir, a company known for its active airflow technology for wheelchair seating, allowing self-regulation of body temperature. WheelAir will continue to operate as a subsidiary of LCS, maintaining its brand identity, and founder Corien Staels will stay involved with the brand.
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Ottobock SE & Co. KGaA

Two AOPA Awards for Ottobock employees

18/09/2023

Dr. Andreas Kannenberg and Dr. Gerald Stark of Ottobock were honored with two awards during the AOPA meeting in the U.S., the Howard R. Thranhardt Award for their research on the C-Brace leg orthosis and the Sam E. Hamontree Business Education Award for outstanding presentations in O&P business and education.
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For the future of all children

15/09/2023

For children to be our future, we must first provide them with a future. Children and young people with a disability or chronic illness need special assistive devices adapted to their body size and developmental stages. Here, other factors play a role than in the case of devices for adults. We looked around at REHACARE for solutions for young people.
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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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Dare to make a new start – manage the return to work

14/09/2023

Many people living with a disability or chronic illness face particular challenges in the labour market. Prejudices, structural barriers in road traffic or in buildings, lack of confidence in their own abilities – the list is long. At REHACARE, various authorities, institutions and associations present possibilities and give practical tips on how to get back into work or to reorient oneself.
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Strengthen and protect the body with exoskeletons

14/09/2023

Science fiction a few years ago, exoskeletons are already a reality today. But while they are used regularly in some industries to lift heavy loads, their use in care or in the area of self-determined mobility is still the exception. At REHACARE, various companies will present their ideas and solutions with which those affected and carers could benefit from this technology now and in the future.
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CYBATHLON: Competition promotes progress

14/09/2023

New techniques, technologies, strategies and ideas have always been particularly important when competing against rivals. In the CYBATHLON, people with disabilities, supported by the latest developments from the assistive technology industry, regularly compete against each other to test new innovations under sporting and fair conditions.
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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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Unique in function and design: adaptive clothing from FunWear

14/09/2023

Ideas for adaptive clothing – directly from the life experiences of a family. This is what FunWear from Poland stands for. The family business develops and sells clothing for people with individual needs. At REHACARE, we spoke with family father and co-owner Lukasz Wysocki.
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Invictus Games – A home for respect

13/09/2023

Soldiers who have suffered physical or psychological injuries in the field have long been left alone to deal with their problems. The Invictus Games, launched in 2014 by Britain's Prince Harry, now give these people a chance to be seen and to compete against each other in sport. The competitions will take place parallel to REHACARE until 16.09.2023 at the Messe Düsseldorf exhibition centre.
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Breaking freezing: Ossenberg presents anti-freezing walking stick

13/09/2023

Many people with Parkinson's are familiar with the sudden freezing when walking – so called freezing. When the feeling of paralysis sets in, nothing works anymore. Ossenberg GmbH has taken on the problem and developed a special anti-freezing walking stick. Björn Furche, project manager at Ossenberg, explains at REHACARE how exactly the cane can break freezing.
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Pride Mobility

Introducing the Pursuit 2 by Pride Mobility

13/09/2023

Pride Mobility introduces the robust "Pursuit 2" mobility scooter, designed for adventurous off-road excursions. It offers impressive durability, a lighter design, and comes in three vibrant colors. With a top speed of 9.3 mph and a 400-pound weight capacity, it combines versatility and power for a comfortable and long-lasting ride.
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Decide for yourself where you go: i
ntelligent wheelchair control for complex movement disorders

11/09/2023

CoMoveIT's new control system for power wheelchairs offers entirely new possibilities in terms of mobility. With two foot pedals and three sophisticated sensors on the headpiece, this groundbreaking system enables intuitive and independent control of one's own power wheelchair.
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HASE BIKES

Compact Cargo Bike for Urban Riders: The GRAVIT CITY E from HASE BIKES

11/09/2023

Hase Bikes introduces the GRAVIT CITY E, a sporty and agile cargo bike that's easy to handle even without cargo. It offers versatile load-carrying options and compact storage capabilities, making it suitable for various uses and storage in small spaces.
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private

Elke Paatz – That's how she rolls

06/09/2023

Sailing is a matter of the heart for Elke Paatz. She has already convinced many people at REHACARE 2022 that the sport can also be practised inclusively – and the next presentation is already planned. Which body part she would like for her telepresence robot Robbi and how she rolls otherwise, she tells us on REHACARE.com.
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CYBATHLON/ETH Zürich

CYBATHLON at REHACARE 2023: The Future of Assistive Technologies and Inclusive Design

06/09/2023

ETH Zurich will present CYBATHLON, a non-profit project showcasing assistive technologies and inclusive design, at RehaCare 2023. From September 13-16, 2023, hands-on demonstrations will showcase the advancement of assistive technologies and announce CYBATHLON, an international competition to promote assistive technologies and inclusion.
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HASE BIKES

From hearing technologies to recumbent tricycles: communication and social participation for children and young people

05/09/2023

Everyone wants to communicate, understand and participate in social life. For children and young people with disabilities in particular, it is important to train their communication and social skills at an early stage using suitable assistive devices. Various companies offer solutions that enable support in communication and participation.
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Pride Mobility

Pride Mobility introduces the Baja® Raptor 2 4-Wheel

04/09/2023

Pride Mobility has introduced the Baja® Raptor 2 4-Wheel, an innovative and stylish mobility device, expanding their range of products. It offers exceptional speed, comfort, and adaptivity with a focus on stability and safety, while also emphasizing user independence and choice in transportation.
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KTU

AI-based system for monitoring arm movement after stroke

04/09/2023

Researchers at Kaunas University of Technology have developed an AI-based system, including BiomacVR and BiomacEMG, aimed at aiding stroke victims' rehabilitation by monitoring arm movements through wearable technology. This technology benefits both patients and professionals, enabling precise exercise design and individualized treatment plans.
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JOF

Self-determined through everyday life: assistive devices for children and young people

04/09/2023

Getting dressed, eating, getting around – what are normal everyday activities for many can sometimes be challenging for children and young people with disabilities and their guardians. Many companies therefore offer a wide variety of solutions to ensure that self-determination and well-being are accessible to all.
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envato/astakhovyaroslav

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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Sunrise Medical

Sunrise Medical Wins Four Mobility Product Awards

30/08/2023

Sunrise Medical's mobility products have won awards in the 2023 Mobility Product Award program by Mobility Management. The competition was fierce, showcasing innovation in Complex Rehab Technology and mobility industries.
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Messe Düsseldorf/ctillmann

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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PARAVAN

25 years PARAVAN, 20 years Drive-by-Wire, 15 years wheelchair construction

28/08/2023

Roland Arnold founded PARAVAN after learning about the challenges of accessibility and developed technical solutions for people with disabilities, including a drive-by-wire system for controlling cars. The company has continued to develop since then, expanding its product portfolio and working on innovative solutions for autonomous vehicles.
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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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private

Paul O'Dono – That's how he rolls

23/08/2023

Challenges big and small are part of everyday life for Paul O'Dono. This makes it all the more important for him to find people who have had similar experiences in life. Together with these people, he campaigns for more accessibility – both online and offline. What makes Tom Cruise so unique for him and how he rolls otherwise, he tells us on REHACARE.com.
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Ribcap

Revolutionary head protection solution Ribcap

23/08/2023

Ribcap is an innovative head protection solution that combines the comfort of a beanie with helmet-like safety. Its unique design offers style and protection, particularly benefiting those with medical conditions or sensitivities, and it holds value for occupational therapists seeking a safe and stylish headgear for patients in various settings.
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REHACARE Shanghai

REHACARE CHINA: for visitors, country and progress

22/08/2023

Messe Düsseldorf (Shanghai) Co., Ltd. has upgraded REHACARE SHANGHAI to REHACARE CHINA and moved the trade fair to Suzhou. The event will take place from 23 to 25 August 2023.We spoke to James Zhang, Senior Project Director of Messe Düsseldorf (Shanghai) Co., Ltd. about the background, the importance of the show for the country and the highlights of the event.
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svitlanah

ReWalk Robotics acquires AlterG

21/08/2023

ReWalk Robotics acquires AlterG, a leading provider of Anti-Gravity systems for rehabilitation, to expand its portfolio in neurorehabilitation. The transaction strengthens ReWalk's market presence, accelerates its path to profitability and enables new product development.
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Pride Mobility

Jazzy® EVO 613Li and Jazzy® EVO 614HD from Pride Mobility earn awards

21/08/2023

The two power wheelchairs Jazzy® EVO 613Li and Jazzy® EVO 614HD by Pride Mobility won 2023 Mobility Product Awards for their excellent performance. The Jazzy EVO 613Li offers a nimble ride with Mid-Wheel 6® tech, while the Jazzy EVO 614HD excels in strength and terrain versatility.
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PARAVAN

PARAVAN premiere Hyundai STARIA: Expressive design with plenty of space

16/08/2023

The new PARAVAN Hyundai STARIA is a modern wheelchair-accessible multivan that can be customized and is available with various features such as a cassette lift, drive and steering system, and voice control. Thanks to a lowered vehicle floor, it offers spacious interior space for wheelchair and passengers.
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MEYRA GmbH

FUSE R: Active wheelchair with rigid frame by MEYRA® and Rainer Küschall

15/08/2023

In a groundbreaking partnership in wheelchair history, MEYRA® and Rainer Küschall, a Swiss wheelchair industry pioneer, have co-developed an active rigid frame wheelchair. The cutting-edge FUSE R marries Küschall's vast expertise with the pinnacle of MEYRA's recent research and development efforts.
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Sunrise Medical

Introducing the QUICKIE QS5 X – over 40% energy saved with every fold

14/08/2023

Sunrise Medical introduces the QUICKIE QS5 X, a lightweight folding wheelchair with revolutionary FreeFold design, boasting the lowest weight in its class and 40% energy savings upon folding. The QS5 X offers effortless folding, exceptional strength through proprietary technologies, and user-driven smart options for enhanced riding experience.
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Private

Mano Grande – That's how he rolls

09/08/2023

Whether disability, hair colour or clothing style – for Mano Grande, such characteristics are just ballast that leads to people being pigeonholed. With his podcast, the 40-year-old wants to contribute to seeing people as the individuals they really are. What he thinks about the German content creators Rezo and Julien Bam and how he rolls otherwise, he tells us on REHACARE.com.
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Ottobock SE & Co. KGaA

Height-adjustable prosthetic foot offers more flexibility

09/08/2023

The medical technology company Ottobock has launched the height-adjustable Taleo Adjust prosthetic foot, which allows people with prosthetic legs to freely choose between different types of shoes. Thanks to feedback from users such as Zainab Al-Eqabi, the user-friendliness of the prosthetic foot has been improved.
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Messe Düsseldorf, Constanze Tillmann

ReWalk Robotics applauds Medicare Proposal for coverage of Personal Exoskeletons

07/08/2023

ReWalk Robotics supports CMS proposal to include personal exoskeletons in Medicare benefit category for braces, aiming to expedite coverage and improve access to innovative technologies for individuals with neurological conditions. Stakeholders have a 60-day comment period to provide feedback before the expected finalization of the rule in early November.
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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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Chalmers University of Technology/Anna-Lena Lundqvist

Revolutionary surgical advancement enables full finger control in bionic hand

02/08/2023

A groundbreaking surgical and engineering advancement has allowed a person with an arm amputation to control each finger of a bionic hand as if it were their own. By reconfiguring the residual limb and integrating sensors and a skeletal implant, the prosthesis can now be controlled using A.I. algorithms and nerve rewiring, offering new possibilities for amputees.
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Funke Medical GmbH

Turning and positioning aid MobiTurn® makes inpatient and home care easier

31/07/2023

Funke Medical GmbH has expanded its product range with the MobiTurn® turning and positioning aid, which can be used in inpatient and home care. The intelligent aid facilitates the repositioning of immobile patients and enables back-friendly care.
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munevo GmbH

National Seating & Mobility becomes the first national provider in the US to supply munevo DRIVE technology

31/07/2023

National Seating & Mobility (NSM), the largest provider of mobility solutions in North America, has partnered with munevo, Inc. to introduce the munevo DRIVE smart glass alternative drive control for power wheelchairs in the U.S., providing greater independence and freedom for power chair users through innovative technology.
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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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Daniel Cati

Benedikt Sequeira Gerardo – That's how he rolls

26/07/2023

For deaf people like Benedikt Sequeira Gerardo, it is small or invisible devices that make all the difference in everyday life. These include smartphones with apps and other software. But development is stalling in some areas. Where he would like to see more inventiveness and how he rolls otherwise, he tells us on REHACARE.com.
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Ottobock

Landmark C-Brace® study offers paradigm-shifting evidence of clinical benefits for neurorehabilitation

26/07/2023

The C-Brace, an advanced stand and swing phase-controlled orthosis (MP-SSCO), shows better neurorehabilitation outcomes compared to conventional leg orthoses (KAFOs) in an international study. The study provided important insights for clinical practice and could provide the basis for effective reimbursement for the C-Brace.
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Pride Mobility

Power lift chairs are for everyone

24/07/2023

Power lift chairs from Pride Mobility offer increased mobility support at home with stylish and compact designs. They provide powerful lift functions, enhanced comfort, and luxury features like heated seats and massage functions, making them a game-changer for people with mobility disabilities or those recovering from injuries.
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Cargo meets Gravel: the new GRAVIT DUST from HASE BIKES

19/07/2023

The new GRAVIT DUST bike can be used both as a cargo bike and as a gravel bike. It offers a light and agile ride, while still being able to carry an impressive payload of up to 200 kilograms.
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Drive DeVilbiss Healthcare

Worry-free travel with medical supplies from Drive DeVilbiss Healthcare

17/07/2023

Drive DeVilbiss Healthcare offers a variety of medical supplies that make travel easier for people with disabilities. These include foldable wheelchairs as well as specialized medical equipment such as portable oxygen tanks, inhalers and pulse oximeters.
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N. Kraß

Nicole Kraß – That's how she rolls

12/07/2023

Nicole Kraß loves diving. Even her diagnosis of multiple sclerosis did not change that. With her website "Tauchen mit Handicap" (Diving with a handicap), the self-employed journalist now stands up for all people who want to follow the same passion – despite physical limitations. Which fictional character we should all take as an example and how she rolls otherwise, she tells us on REHACARE.com.
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Sunrise Medical

SWITCH-IT Vigo Head Drive named Scandinavian Health & Rehab Messe's 2023 New Product of the Year

12/07/2023

Sunrise Medical Group won the "New Product of the Year" award at the Scandinavian Health & Rehab Messe 2023 in Denmark for their Switch-It Vigo Head Drive. The innovative device impressed judges with its sleek design, practical functionality, and the potential for further development.
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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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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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MEYRA GmbH

MEYRA and Rainer Küschall developed FUSE R active rigid frame wheelchair

05/07/2023

The FUSE R is an active wheelchair that combines the best features and developments from MEYRA GmbH and Rainer Küschall. In addition to a modern rigid frame, it offers individual adjustment of seat height and center of gravity via the seat module, various customization options and a wide range of colors.
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Drive Medical GmbH & Co. KG

Rollator Torro by Drive Medical is expanding

03/07/2023

Drive Medical is expanding its series around the lightweight rollator Torro with the Torro Acero. Despite its low weight, this rollator can carry loads of up to 150 kilograms and can be used both indoors and outdoors. It also offers comfort thanks to its large and soft seats.
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private

Maik Birko – That's how he rolls

28/06/2023

Life as a great adventure – Maik Birko is living this dream. The 41-year-old is currently preparing for a trip to Norway. But the path to a self-determined, cosmopolitan life was not easy for the Hamburg resident. Which challenges he had to face, who he is particularly grateful to and how he rolls otherwise, he tells us on REHACARE.com.
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Photo: Luca Arnold sits in the Space Drive Mercedes-AMG GT3 with the window open, with Roland Arnold leaning in. Both are wearing motorsport gear; Copyright: PARAVAN

PARAVAN

Roland and Luca Arnold in the PARAVAN Mercedes-GT3 #65 at the GTC Race

28/06/2023

Roland and Luca Arnold are driving the PARAVAN Mercedes-GT3 #65 together in the GTC Race and are working on the development of new input devices for disability mobility and automated driving. Their goal is to contribute to the future of disability mobility and to develop innovative solutions.
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SailWise

Active on vacation – with the right travel offers and the right assistive devices

28/06/2023

Everyone likes to travel. A vacation promises relaxation, action and adventure or simply a break from everyday life. Even if people with disabilities must consider more than people without disabilities when planning a trip, a vacation according to one's own interests is no longer an unreachable goal. The travel industry has a lot to offer these days.
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Messe Düsseldorf/ctillmann

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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Photo: a young woman sits on a sofa wearing VR glasses, she has both hands raised, the left hand is a prosthetic arm; Copyright: envato/StudioVK

envato/StudioVK

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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Ottobock

Ottobock focuses on technical orthopaedic devices for children

21/06/2023

Children with disabilities can lead more active and self-determined lives thanks to orthotic devices from Ottobock such as customizable wheelchairs and the Exopulse Mollii Suit. The use of state-of-the-art 3D printing technology also enables the production of lighter and more comfortable orthotic helmets for babies with head deformities.
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cait00sith/envatoelements

Medical Equipment Group (HQIB) acquires DERON

19/06/2023

MEG Medical Equipment GmbH ("Medical Equipment Group"), parent company of Funke Medical GmbH ("Funke Medical"), acquires 100% of the shares of Deron B.V., Lima B.V. and Connect Foam Care B.V. (collectively "DERON"). The acquisition is supported by Harald Quandt Industriebeteiligungen GmbH ("HQIB"), majority shareholder of Medical Equipment Group.
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Helmut Lunghammer – TU Graz

Smart artificial skin in application check stage

19/06/2023

The smart skin developed by Anna Maria Coclite has many potential applications – from robotics and cosmetic surgery to prosthetics. With an ERC Proof of Concept Grant, the researcher is now exploring its possible practical applications.
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Fotograf Groos

Sima Surkamp – That's how she rolls

14/06/2023

The German Social Code – for most non-lawyers a jungle of paragraphs. Sima Surkamp helps people with disabilities find their way through this jungle and become aware of their legal rights with regard to assistance services. How she wants to promote self-determination and social participation and how she rolls otherwise, she tells us on REHACARE.com.
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PARAVAN

PARAVAN presents 360-degree approach with vehicle premiere and innovative mobility solutions

14/06/2023

PARAVAN GmbH offers holistic solutions for the mobility of people with disabilities, including vehicle conversions, electric wheelchairs and individual adaptations. Their 360-degree approach enables customers to be independent and mobile.
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Fraunhofer IBMT

Human-machine interface stops muscle tremors

12/06/2023

Scientists at the Fraunhofer Institute for Biomedical Engineering IBMT and their collaborative partners have developed a technology platform that uses biocompatible electrodes and controllers to help people with muscle tremors reduce tremors and may also help people with spinal cord injuries.
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Photo: Blonde woman in an electric vehicle wears the Exopulse Mollii Suit and drives across a rural environment To her right and left, one of her children on a scooter each; Copyright: Ottobock

Ottobock

"Superhero suit" gives hope to people with MS

07/06/2023

The neuromodulation suit "Exopulse Mollii Suit" helps people with multiple sclerosis, cerebral palsy, stroke and other neurological disorders that cause similar symptoms. 58 electrodes stimulate individually affected muscle groups. This activates the muscles and reduces spasticity, which provides a reduction in pain.
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Photo: Driving and steering system Space Drive is operated in the footwell of a car by means of a shod foot; Copyright: PARAVAN

PARAVAN

Ingrid Höhling is relaxed and safely mobile again thanks to Space Drive

01/06/2023

The Space Drive driving and steering system from PARAVAN enables Ingrid Höhling, wo has Postpolio, to steer her new VW Caddy 5 with her left foot without much effort and without tiring.
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private

Verena Engler – That's how she rolls

31/05/2023

To live self-determined and not have to justify being human – these are Verena Engler's expectations of society. But what sounds simple often encounters obstacles such as stigmatisation and misplaced pity in reality. Why she is nonetheless grateful for the people who did not mean well for her and how she rolls otherwise, she tells us on REHACARE.com.
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Wheeleo®

Wheeleo®: the walking aid for stability and autonomy

31/05/2023

The new generation walking aid companion? The Wheeleo® feels like a never-ending guardrail and accompanies you everywhere you go. With its one-handed design it helps regain autonomy while supporting movement in everyday situations. For example, it enables grocery shopping, opening doors and walking the dog. It also reduces the risk of falling, is easy to transport and has an elegant design.
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Image: Drawing of people with instruments, notes and ears with hearing aids; Copyright: Emily Sandgren

Emily Sandgren

Enjoying music with hearing aids

30/05/2023

For decades, hearing aids have been focused on improving communication by separating speech from background noise. While the technology has made strides in terms of speech, it is still subpar when it comes to music.
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Image: A woman packs her folding QUICKIE Q50 R Carbon power wheelchair folded into the trunk; Copyright: Sunrise Medical

Sunrise Medical

Travel lighter with QUICKIE's lightest folding power wheelchair: Q50 R Carbon

24/05/2023

Sunrise Medical Group announces the launch of the QUICKIE Q50 R Carbon – QUICKIE`s lightest-ever folding power wheelchair with a transport weight of only 14.5 kg*. The folding Q50 R Carbon is easy to transport, store and manoeuvre, providing the perfect solution for people who want to remain active and independent without the worry of heavy and bulky equipment.
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GettyImagesforOttobock

Ottobock expands commitment to sports

22/05/2023

Ottobock is the Official Technical Partner of the World Para Athletics Championships and the European Para Championships. At both sporting events, the internationally active medical technology company will ensure that the para-athletes’ participation in the competition is secured, even if something breaks or has to be replaced on their device.
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private

Baggio Zhong – That's how he rolls

17/05/2023

To be a free man – on the slopes of this world. That is what drives Baggio Zhong. For him, skiing is like flying over snow. Thanks to state-of-the-art technology – some of it from his own company – a dream come true again. Why he would like to meet his future self and how he rolls otherwise, he tells us on REHACARE.com.
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Permobil

New Permobil Sustainability Report: a sustainable society needs to be an inclusive society

17/05/2023

Permobil has published its sustainability report which underlines that their key contribution to sustainability is raising the societal inclusion question. To drive change and increase inclusiveness and diversity, Permobil ran a campaign to challenge attitudes and inspire others to see possibilities in every individual.
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PARAVAN

Inclusive racing project: W&S Motorsport cooperates with PARAVAN

15/05/2023

The US American Tim Horrell started with Henry Schwalbach in the GTC Race 2023 with a Porsche 718 Cayman GT4 RS Clubsport specially adapted by PARAVAN GmbH for W&S Motorsport.
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Oana Grau

Patent for new high-tech glasses technology of the start up .lumen

15/05/2023

The technology of "the glasses that replace the guide dog" has been patented in the USA and will soon be patented in the European Union. The technology provides a new level of mobility and self-determination for people with blindness and visual impairments, replicating the capabilities of a guide dog through cameras, computer chips, haptic signals, and sounds.
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Image: Rear view of a car with a person in a wheelchair secured by the head and backrest; Copyright: AMF-Bruns GmbH & Co. KG

AMF-Bruns GmbH & Co. KG

FutureSafe 2.0: The new head and backrest for vehicles

10/05/2023

AMF-Bruns GmbH & Co. KG has released a new, revised version of the FutureSafe. It is a head and backrest that is individually adjusted to the person in a wheelchair and protects in case of car accidents. The FutureSafe 2.0 offers numerous advantages compared to its predecessor, such as more comfort due to additional cushions for head and back support.
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Showerbuddy

How to pick the right shower chair model with the help of the Shower chair buyers guide

08/05/2023

Before choosing a shower chair, a full assessment of mobility needs should be completed by an occupational therapist to determine the necessary equipment and carer support. Showerbuddy can be customised to fit different types of showers and can provide support for both showering and toileting, with a range of adjustment options available to cater to body support needs.
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Image: Right: Man on a chair holding a prosthetic leg with a smile. Left: Back of a person in a white T-shirt handing over the prosthesis; Copyright: Ottobock SE & Co. KGaA

Ottobock SE & Co. KGaA

Ottobock acquires patient care company Brillinger

08/05/2023

The acquisition of the patient care provider from the German state of Baden-Württemberg expands Ottobock's care network across Germany. The takeover allows Ottobock to persistently continue its growth strategy.
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PARAVAN

PARAVAN driving school for people with physical disabilities

04/05/2023

The PARAVAN driving school in the mobility park Aichelau is now equipped with a new Mercedes Sprinter. It offers driving training for people with disabilities with a total of five adapted vehicles and their trained driving instructors.
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private

Dr. Leopold Rupp – That's how he rolls

03/05/2023

For Dr. Leopold Rupp, his wheelchairs are part of his everyday life. He owns several of them – for work in the hospital, for home and for outdoors. Looking to the future, he reveals why he would like to see more aids and functions – at least as long as there are still steps. Which US president he would like to meet and how he rolls otherwise, he tells us on REHACARE.com.
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Photo: three men talking in an aisle at REHACARE 2022; Copyright: Messe Düsseldorf/ctillmann

Messe Düsseldorf/ctillmann

REHACARE: Networking and collaboration with heart and soul

03/05/2023

A visit to REHACARE is nothing like other traditional business settings. You quickly realize that this venue makes room for heartfelt and inspirational stories. One reason for this is the end users, who rely on many products as indispensable resources to master their daily lives. Another reason is business owners who forge valuable contacts with other industry participants at the trade fair.
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Sunrise Medical

RGK/Sunrise Medical announces sponsorship of the Wheelchair Basketball World Championships

02/05/2023

Sunrise Medical announces sponsorship of the Wheelchair Basketball World Championships 2023 in Dubai from the 9th to the 20th of June. Through this sponsorship the company hopes to raise awareness of the sport and the tremendous potential of people with disabilities.
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F. Sodermanns Automobile GmbH

Assistive technology industry: working together for more mobility

26/04/2023

Dressing and undressing, getting in and out of a car or bus, reaching for and picking up objects – for people with mobility impairments, even everyday tasks like these can become a challenge and create a barrier. Many assistive technology companies join forces to provide better assistance for people with disabilities. Several REHACARE exhibitors are among this dedicated group of collaborators.
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Drive Medical GmbH & Co. KG

Everything about electric wheelchairs: advantages, models and properties

26/04/2023

Drive Medical GmbH & Co. KG provides information about any features of electric wheelchairs and compares them with manual wheelchairs. In doing so, it highlights the advantages and areas of application that make them important for people with limited mobility and their relatives.
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private

Hao Chen – That's how he rolls

19/04/2023

Hao Chen loves to run. The 28-year-old has already completed countless marathons. The loss of his hearing at the age of one also taught him the necessary willpower. Since then, Hao Chen has repeatedly faced obstacles – and overcome them. What he expects from the assistive technology industry and how he rolls otherwise, he tells us on REHACARE.com.
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Ottobock

Easier through everyday life – with the new Ottobock Quickchange Adapter

19/04/2023

The company Ottobock has launched the Quickchange Adapter 4R11, which allows amputees to independently detach and reattach their prosthetic components from the prosthetic socket. The product was developed in close cooperation with users.
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Image: A man in the ergoflix LX foldable electric wheelchair sits outside with a woman and a picnic basket; Copyright: ergoflix

ergoflix

Folding electric wheelchairs by ergoflix: adding more joy to life with the right mobility solution

18/04/2023

Autonomy instead of dependency, social inclusion instead of social isolation – that's the motto of ergoflix. Leveraging high levels of motivation and conviction, the medical equipment manufacturer is committed to making it easier to access smart and aesthetic mobility equipment. The company developed a series of foldable electric wheelchair models that promote an active and flexible lifestyle.
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PARAVAN

Driving license with a restricted field of vision – thanks to the latest camera technology

17/04/2023

Katja, who has a restricted field after a riding accident, was able – thanks to innovative camera technology and environment recognition in the car – to successfully view her driving test at the PARAVAN driving school in the Aichelau mobility park. In her future car, too, a monitor with the necessary environment recognition will be installed on the center console.
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Carrefour

Carrefour steps up its support for people on the autism spectrum

17/04/2023

Carrefour is stepping up its support for people on the autism spectrum with a number of initiatives with for example store maps on the bars of its shopping trollies. After "quiet shopping times" were integrated two years ago, this is another important step to make life easier for people with disabilities when shopping.
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Image: Man training with the THERA-Trainer senso. One of the games is running on the screen. Next to him is a physiotherapist; Copyright: THERA-Trainer

THERA-Trainer

THERA-Trainer is expanding its portfolio with a unique training device for cognitive-motor training

13/04/2023

The new THERA-Trainer senso is a highly efficient training device for improving mental and physical performance and reducing the risk of falls. Numerous scientifically validated training programs are available for selection. Intelligent algorithms automatically adapt the games to the individual performance capacity.
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Karma Medical Products Co., LTD.

Flexx Adapt won the Golden Award of Physical Therapists' Choice of 2023

11/04/2023

The Golden Award of Physical Therapists' Choice of 2023 was given to KARMA Medical's pediatric positioning wheelchair called Flexx Adapt. The adaptive seating system allows a wide range of accessory options for ultimate personalization.
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Funke Medical GmbH

Funke Medical GmbH expands product range with an arthrodesis seat cushion

11/04/2023

With the new product ARTHROSEAT©, Funke Medical adds an orthopedic seating system to its portfolio. This arthrodesis seat cushion relieves hip and knee joints when sitting, alleviates pain and corrects incorrect posture.
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private

Marion Fischer – That's how she rolls

05/04/2023

Marion Fischer lives for working with people. The 22-year-old is a curative education nurse and works in a children's and youth hospice. She recently learned how important it is to give everyone a place in the middle of society when she was diagnosed with a rare form of Parkinson's disease. What she is fighting for and how she rolls otherwise, she tells us on REHACARE.com.
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Ottobock

Hard work made easy: exoskeletons for industry and logistics

05/04/2023

The company Ottobock SE & Co. KGaA continues its focus on ergonomic workplaces. Highlights include the latest Ottobock BackX and Ottobock Shoulder exoskeletons, which support people in industries such as logistics, retail, automotive and aviation.
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Marco Binelli / ETH Zurich

3D-printed insoles measure sole pressure directly in the shoe

03/04/2023

Researchers from ETH Zurich, Empa and EPFL used 3D printing to produce a customised insole with integrated pressure sensors that can measure the pressure on the sole of the foot directly in the shoe during various activities.
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PARAVAN

PARAVAN delivers vehicles for people with disabilities to car rental company Avis

29/03/2023

PARAVAN GmbH delivers vehicles for people with disabilities to the Avis car rental company. A total of 20 new VW Caddy 5 Maxi will leave the yard of the PARAVAN mobility park in Aichelau by the end of March and begin their journey to Avis rental stations throughout Germany.
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Andrew Dunne / University of Bath

Assistive tech project to enhance prosthetic sockets and speed-up rehabilitation for amputees

27/03/2023

With a new technique for people who need prostheses after amputations, the University of Bath is developing a technology that allows patients and their families to photograph the remaining stump. The aim is to replicate the results clinicians in specialist clinics can achieve with high-end 3D scanners, but remotely and at a fraction of the cost.
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Ottobock

Ottobock is Official Supporter of INVICTUS GAMES DÜSSELDORF 2023

27/03/2023

The Ottobock company is supporting the INVICTUS GAMES 2023 in Düsseldorf on site with a technical service for prostheses, orthoses and wheelchairs. In close proximity to the training and competition venues, Ottobock will be on hand with its international team and over 100 years of experience in medical technology.
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Xiaxia

Rong Xia – That's how she rolls

22/03/2023

An unexpected amputation completely changed Rong Xia's life. But she took this as an opportunity to deal with the topic professionally and to found her own company for the development of prostheses. What her goals are and how else she rolls, she tells us on REHACARE.com.
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MEYRA GmbH

MEYRA presents the world's first folding wheelchair NANO S

22/03/2023

The company MEYRA has produced the first folding wheelchair named NANO S. It is a folding wheelchair with open frame and removable leg supports, which stands out with its lightness and stability.
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Image: Denise walks along the water with the smart leg orthosis C-Brace; Copyright: Ottobock

Ottobock

Ottobock: a new lease of life with an app-controlled leg orthosis

15/03/2023

Denise was 29 years old when she underwent disc surgery – a seemingly harmless procedure. However, the surgery didn't go as smoothly as planned and when she woke up from anaesthesia, she could no longer feel her right thigh. The diagnosis: incomplete paraplegia. The world's first smart leg orthosis, the C-Brace® has given the mother of two new mobility and improved her quality of life.
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oneinchpunchphotos

Lower fracture risk for older wheelchair users

13/03/2023

Being a frail elderly person and using a wheelchair involves a substantially reduced risk of fractures, a University of Gothenburg study shows. More prescriptions for wheelchairs may result.
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ReWalk Robotics Ltd.

ReWalk exoskeleton receives FDA clearance for stairs and curbs

13/03/2023

ReWalk, a leading provider of innovative technologies that enable mobility and wellness in rehabilitation and daily life for individuals with neurological conditions, announced that its innovative ReWalk Personal Exoskeleton technology has received clearance from the FDA for use on stairs and curbs in the US, making it the only personal exoskeleton to receive FDA clearance for this indication.
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private

Frank Lackner – That's how he rolls

08/03/2023

Frank Lackner fights for more accessibility in public spaces. In 1991, he and a friend founded the International Citizens' Initiative for Wheelchair Users' Interests, or INTERROLLI in short. What improvements he would like to see in disabled toilets and how else he rolls, he tells us on REHACARE.com.
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Showerbuddy

5 ways to make a home easier for elderly people

08/03/2023

The transition from elderly people being fully independent to needing a bit of help is often gradual. Sometimes the signs aren’t obvious nor are these people actively seeking out help. But in order to keep them safe in their own home, we need to proactively take some steps to make daily tasks easier.
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MikaVolkmann

Talent Days 2023: Introducing children and young people with prostheses to sports

06/03/2023

World record holder Johannes Floors has made it his mission to introduce children and young people with prostheses to the world of sport. That's why he is devoting three days of his time to the youngest at the Talent Days in order to work with Ottobock technicians to fit and extensively test sports prostheses.
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DC_Studio

Neural prosthesis uses brain activity to decode speech

06/03/2023

Researchers from HSE University and the Moscow State University of Medicine and Dentistry have developed a machine learning model that can predict the word about to be uttered by a subject based on their neural activity recorded with a small set of minimally invasive electrodes.
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rahm Zentrum für Gesundheit GmbH

3D-printed prosthetic devices for children – individualized care yields multiple benefits

03/03/2023

3D printing technology has become an integral part of different sectors, including the assistive technology industry. Especially in orthopedics, the technology has seen increasing use. That’s owing to its many advantages, such as quick production and customization options. 3D printed prosthetics can greatly benefit children who depend on them.
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rahm Zentrum für Gesundheit GmbH

3D printing in orthopedics

03/03/2023

3D printing has become an indispensable tool in many areas, including the assistive technology industry and patient care. Ever-better printers and customization options for articulated support splints or prosthetic devices benefit both care providers and users.
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Image: Lukas sits in his new Ford Tourneo Connect with the Space Drive driving and steering system and two joysticks; Copyright: PARAVAN

PARAVAN

"Mobile tailor-made suit" by PARAVAN: flexible operating devices for vehicles

27/02/2023

Lukas drives his new Ford Tourneo Connect with the Space Drive driving and steering system and two joysticks – one for accelerator/brake and one for steering. But every now and then, someone else sits behind the steering wheel who doesn't need these input devices. Thanks to a resourceful solution from PARAVAN's technicians, this can be realized within a minute.
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Image: A young woman, a middle-aged woman with a dog, a senior citizen with a walker, a middle-aged man and a boy go for a walk together; Copyright: Drive Medical GmbH & Co. KG

Drive Medical GmbH & Co. KG

Why exercise is so important and how it can be promoted

27/02/2023

Stress, unhealthy nutrition, lack of exercise – our modern lifestyle has many negative effects on our health. But none of these problems is as easy to solve as the latter. Because all it takes is a little nudge to get moving again. But what to do when movements become more difficult and sometimes even impossible with increasing age?
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Flexo-Handlaufsysteme GmbH

Tangible safety: self-determination thanks to Flexo handrail systems

23/02/2023

Code-compliant handrail systems provide safety and make stairs accessible and usable for more people. They help reduce fall risk, facilitate more mobility, and allow people to gain access to all rooms. Thanks to its work with older adults and people with disabilities, Flexo-Handlaufsysteme GmbH knows about potential barriers and has made it its mission to promote the self-determination of people.
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Sandra Lange

Annika Schröder – That's how she rolls

22/02/2023

Accessibility plays a key role for Annika Schröder. She sees a need to catch up in many areas – from public transport to bureaucracy. The 25-year-old competitive athlete has the support of her friends and family. Why she would like to see more determination from politicians and how she rolls otherwise, she tells us on REHACARE.com.
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Image: Alexander Klems sits in his wheel loader and operates it with his hands; Copyright: PARAVAN GmbH

PARAVAN GmbH

Reintegration into working life: Operating a wheel loader via joystick

15/02/2023

Alexander Klems has been driving wheel loaders for 21 years. In 2019, everything was going to be different. He got injured. He could no longer operate the accelerator pedal of his Hitachi ZW 330 wheel loader, which he almost always has to step on when loading construction materials. Another solution was needed, which was found at PARAVAN thanks to the Space Drive drive-by-wire system.
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envato/LightFieldStudios

Living with dementia: practical tools make daily living easier

13/02/2023

Forgetfulness is often one of the first recognizable signs of dementia. In its early stages, the condition initially affects short-term memory and gradually progresses to more long-term memory loss. Yet there are many accompanying symptoms that make daily living for people with dementia challenging.
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private

Sebastian Stabler – That's how he rolls

08/02/2023

Not just stand, but dance – that's what Sebastian Stabler would like to do. He is still waiting for the right assistive equipment. But the paraplegic 37-year-old already shows himself to be a sporty and active person. Why he would like to meet a certain bodybuilder and how he rolls otherwise, he tells us on REHACARE.com.
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Image: An elderly man uses a Kinova arm support system to drink a cup of coffee; Copyright: Focal Meditech/ Kinova Europe GmbH

Focal Meditech/ Kinova Europe GmbH

Kinova: new dynamic arm support systems

08/02/2023

Kinova, a leading global provider of robotic solutions for people with disabilities, is adding two dynamic arm support systems to its portfolio. With the Gowing² and the Dowing² from Dutch manufacturer Focal Meditech, Kinova completes the supply chain for people who have limited arm function due to a disease or accident.
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Image: An elderly woman with prosthetic leg walks with crutches and is accompanied and supervised by a man; Copyright: Ottobock.

Ottobock

Ottobock and MEDIAN combine high-tech prosthetics with specialised treatment for transfemoral amputees

06/02/2023

Following the positive vote of the ethics committee of the State Medical Association of Hesse, a multi-centre study launched in January 2023 in several MEDIAN hospitals, in which amputees receive a special prosthesis from Ottobock. The research project is intended to show how modern rehabilitation with longer stays and optimal prosthetics can improve the treatment situation for amputees in Germany
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PARAVAN

Children's wheelchairs by PARAVAN: independent standing, lying, sitting and tilting

01/02/2023

At the rehaKIND congress, PARAVAN presents the versatile wheelchair portfolio of the PR series for children with a seat concept that grows with the child. There is a wide range of possible uses. With the adaptable power wheelchairs, children are in the middle of the action and not just there.
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Karina Sturm – That's how she rolls

25/01/2023

Writing a book – a dream for many people. For Karina Sturm, it was a chance to accept her diagnosis. By giving advice, she wants to enable other people to do what she has managed to do herself: to become an active part of their own disease management and to live a self-determined life. How she rolls otherwise, she tells us on REHACARE.com.
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IndeeLift

IndeeLift: Human lifting tools for greater independence

19/01/2023

IndeeLift offers human lifting tools that provide greater independence and safety for people with mobility impairment and their caregivers. It is a device that helps caregivers lift, transfer and transport patients in acute, post-acute, long-term and home care environments. At the same time, it can support people who live alone.
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Sascha Scholz – That's how he rolls

11/01/2023

Nowadays, mobility for many people with disabilities means being able to be self-determined in their own car. One prerequisite for this is a driver's license. Which detours and obstacles Sascha Scholz had to overcome to get his license, where he went on his subsequent European tour, and how he rolls otherwise, he tells us on REHACARE.com.
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icho systems GmbH

ichó: The smart therapy ball for home use

16/12/2022

Building communication, strengthening skills, and responding to individual needs – that is the goal of icho systems GmbH. To realize their vision, the team has developed the ichó therapy ball. It brings therapeutic measures and individual support to people's homes and can be used to promote cognition and motor activity.
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Patrick Estebar

Kae Tran – That's how she rolls

14/12/2022

Self-determined mobility is possible in Kae Tran's everyday life mainly through her walking stick. The aid has become her most important companion. What changes she would like to see in rollators and in society, what role mental health plays for her and how she rolls otherwise, she tells us on REHACARE.com.
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Rehabilitation: Becoming mobile with virtual worlds and robotics

13/12/2022

Above all, rehabilitation requires energy and motivation. Exhibitors at REHACARE 2022 want to achieve the latter with the help of virtual worlds and robotics. For example, the VR goggles from CUREosity GmbH offer exciting worlds of play, while Cyberdyne Care Robotics GmbH uses a robotic gait trainer for paraplegics and MS patients. Tyromotion GmbH also relies on robotics for its therapy devices.
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Messe Düsseldorf / ctillmann

TREFFPUNKT REHACARE 2022: Highlight topics from the expert forum

12/12/2022

TREFFPUNKT REHACARE is your central platform for lectures, panel discussions, and the exchange of information and experience. Topics included the digitization of the workplace and recreational environment, technical assistance and vocational rehabilitation with a focus on exoskeletons, job coaching, and rehabilitation for people living with long or post-COVID conditions.
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Photo: View into the forum PRODUCTS & NEWS @REHACARE at REHACARE 2022; Copyright: Messe Düsseldorf / ctillmann

Messe Düsseldorf / ctillmann

REHACARE 2022: Innovations and the latest news from the PRODUCTS & NEWS @REHACARE Expert Forum

12/12/2022

Humans have always been resourceful when it came to creating solutions to compensate for physical disabilities. In ancient Egypt, prosthetic devices for the big toe provided suppor. It’s anyone’s guess how well or badly their respective users could walk or eat with these tools. We know that they could not visit the REHACARE trade fair back in those days.
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Victoria H. – That's how she rolls

30/11/2022

Victoria H. sees the world with more mindful eyes since she had to get to know herself and her body anew. However, she has retained her enthusiasm for sports and has found many new ways to practice it. What kind of role REHACARE plays in this, why straws are an important assistive device in her everyday life and what how she rolls otherwise, she tells us on REHACARE.com.
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Photo: Girl sitting on the floor with a dog. She wears the Exopulse Mollii Suit; Copyright: Ottobock

Ottobock

Assistive technology for children with disabilities: Product variety promotes participation

30/11/2022

Children need room to roam, explore, and learn how to set and respect boundaries. Unfortunately, children with disabilities may encounter barriers when it comes to these life activities. Luckily, there is a myriad of assistive technology devices to face any obstacle: REHACARE 2022 showcased tools that ran the gamut from car seats, rehab buggies to standing mobility and movement devices.
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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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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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Ricky – That's how he rolls

16/11/2022

His relationships with his family, friends and God not only make Ricky's day, but are also his most important tools in everyday life. And with his modified bus, wheelchair and walker, he is able to compensate well for his limitations. Which positive experiences he has already had, how the supply of aids could be optimized and how he rolls otherwise, he tells us on REHACARE.com.
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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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Saskia Melches

Saskia Melches – That's how she rolls

02/11/2022

Various assistive devices and a team of assistants help Saskia Melches to manage her active everyday life. Whether in or out of her home, she wants to lead as self-determined a life as possible. How society and the assistive technology industry could support her, what the jungle of Peru is all about and how she rolls otherwise, she tells us on REHACARE.com.
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Rebecca Brunner

Rebecca Brunner – That's how she rolls

19/10/2022

Rebecca Brunner likes to take her life into her own hands and gives every day the chance to be the best. Her prosthetic leg helps her to always try out new things and overcome new challenges. What she wants from her fellow human beings, what is particularly important to her in the assistive technology industry and how she rolls otherwise, the social media manager tells us on REHACARE.com.
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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: Elderly man sitting in a QUICKIE ACCESS wheelchair reading a book next to an elderly woman; Copyright: Sunrise Medical

Sunrise Medical

Sunrise Medical launches the QUICKIE ACCESS, a knee-pivot manual wheelchair

17/10/2022

The company Sunrise Medical has announced the launch of the QUICKIE ACCESS. This is a manual wheelchair with knee swivel for independent locomotion with the benefits of tilt and recline.
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DigiRehab GmbH

Quo vadis, digitalization in rehabilitation and physiotherapy?

12/10/2022

Usability, autonomy, modernity – that's what digital components should add to rehabilitation and physiotherapy. This benefits both patients and professionals according to manufacturers of new technologies and software. Conversations with experts about the current situation and the future reveal how the industry is dynamic and ever evolving.
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Svenjas Welt

Svenja – That's how she rolls

05/10/2022

Getting used to an assistive device is not always easy. That's how Svenja felt about her wheelchair at first. But now she appreciates how much freedom and flexibility it gives her in everyday life. Which other aid she thinks should be invented and which special wheelchair she once discovered at REHACARE, she tells us on REHACARE.com.
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Antonio Hoempler

Antonio Hoempler – That's how she rolls

21/09/2022

Whether it's festivals or downhill skateboarding – Antonio Hoempler loves action and adaptive sports. He also enjoys riding his handbike. With the support of friends and assistive devices, he can pursue his many interests. How he rolls otherwise, he tells us on REHACARE.com.
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New, compact handbike: Hands-On-Cycle from HP VELOTECHNIK

19/09/2022

The company HP VELOTECHNIK presents a completely new development in the field of handbikes with the Hands- On-Cycle. With its fully enclosed chain guide and a small turning radius it turns sporty trikes into an everyday handbike for people with disability.
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Highlights of REHACARE 2022

17/09/2022

Up close and live on site: REHACARE, the world's largest trade fair for rehabilitation and care, showed what the assistive technology industry has to offer in terms of technological innovations with numerous new and proven products to touch and try out. Whether rehabilitation, care, mobility or occupational participation – the diversity of the industry was omnipresent.
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Thumbs up for REHACARE!

17/09/2022

The thumb clearly points upwards. REHACARE 2022 leaves behind enthusiastic visitors and exhibitors. Many people seeking and offering help have come together in Düsseldorf, countless aids have been viewed, tested and tried on. A successful trade fair for rehabilitation and care comes to an end after four days.
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Making contacts at REHACARE

17/09/2022

Whether visitors or exhibitors – REHACARE has always stood for personal encounters. People from all over the world come together at the largest trade fair for rehabilitation and care. In the exhibition halls, they can not only try out the countless products, but also exchange ideas with each other. And REHACARE is the perfect place for that!
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Hands-On-Bikes by HP Velotechnik

17/09/2022

Get on the bike and let's go. With the Hands-On-Bikes from HP Velotechnik, the excursion becomes even more exciting than with other handbikes: The company takes an approach with its Hands-On-Bikes that not only has more features for the users, but also improves the view.
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Kristina Vogel at REHACARE

16/09/2022

The multiple Olympic champion and exceptional athlete Kristina Vogel was on the road at REHACARE on Friday: Among other things, she was at the stand of trivida, for which she is also a brand ambassador. Some visitors also took the opportunity to talk to her on site.
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NeuroMobility: Ottobock presents Exopulse Mollii Suit

16/09/2022

NeuroMobility is a central topic at Ottobock this year. That's why the Exopulse Mollii Suit is one of the product highlights at their booth. Daniel Hublitz tells us in this interview who the full-body neuromodulation suit was developed for and how REHACARE is the perfect showcase for their latest product.
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Check, check: testing auxiliary means at REHACARE

16/09/2022

The proof of the pudding is in the eating – this sounds trite, but it is especially important when it comes to assistive devices. Trying out a new wheelchair or trying on an exoskeleton is the best way to find out whether an aid really suits your needs. The exhibiting companies at REHACARE are well prepared for this, so that visitors can test the wide range of products hands-on.
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Revealing the new Genny Zero at REHACARE 2022

15/09/2022

Genny Factory has launched the latest model of its self-balancing wheelchairs at REHACARE 2022. In this interview, Luca Wullschleger reveals why REHACARE is the right trade fair for the product and what they have planned for the future.
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Wolturnus brings Danish design to REHACARE

15/09/2022

Whether it's aids for children's rehabilitation or new sports equipment, Wolturnus show in Hall 4/E35 how they use Danish design for greater accessibility and participation. Marco Hessler tells us in an interview what this has to do with the Paralympics, among other things.
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Detachable wheelchair wheel from trivida

14/09/2022

trivida P+L Innovations GmbH has reinvented the wheelchair wheel: The trivida detachable wheelchair wheel enables wheelchair users to be more independent and to transfer safely. Managing Director Dr. Christine Pflaumbaum has been explaining exactly what this is all about at REHACARE 2022.
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KADOMO presents revised Ford Tourneo Connect

14/09/2022

The company KADOMO presents its new Ford Tourneo Connect at the fair REHACARE from 14 to 17 September. In the car fifteen handicapped accessible conversions were made for ten different types of disabilities.
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A flying carpet among wheelchairs: Visiting the workshop of moso

13/09/2022

At moso, wheelchairs are adapted to the individual needs of the user: for example, steering is possible with the head, cheek or by blowing and the wheelchair can be built to descend completely to the floor. The various COSEAT models are unique worldwide. In the video, Nikolai Kaiser, among others, explains what makes them so special. At REHACARE 2022, moso can be found in Hall 4/D60.
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Messe Düsseldorf/Constanze Tillmann

"Touching and trying out products are at the core of REHACARE"

12/09/2022

It's finally back! After a two-year hiatus due to the pandemic, REHACARE is returning to Messe Düsseldorf’s exhibition halls. Hannes Niemann, Project Director for REHACARE, made it possible for this to become a reality again. In this interview, we talked about his goals and personal highlights of this year's REHACARE.
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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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Reading texts like the sighted: The mobile reading device OrCam MyEye in practice

09/09/2022

Glasses on and off you go! With the OrCam MyEye, blind and visually impaired people can not only easily have printed and digital texts read aloud – products, faces, banknotes and colors can also be recognized without any problems. In addition, the device has many other advantages.
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Isabelle Sievers

Isabelle Sievers – That's how she rolls

07/09/2022

A prosthetic arm has given Isabelle Sievers a lot of quality of life and self-confidence. In just three years, she has overcome many lows and continued her self development. Her strong will and perseverance have helped her to achieve even the seemingly impossible. In our interview, she emphasizes that everyone has their own strengths and can achieve anything.
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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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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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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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Shower stools, chairs and folding seats from Drive DeVilbiss Healthcare

29/08/2022

Drive DeVilbiss Healthcare offers a wide range of shower stools, chairs and folding seats. Shower chairs are all equipped with backrests and usually with armrests. Another space-saving shower companion can be mounted on the wall and easily fold up and down. In this way, the company wants to provide comfort and stability.
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New Accessory for HASE BIKES PINO and Trikes: Adjustable Seat Cover for Ergonomic Cycling

29/08/2022

The Vario Comfort seat cover from HASE BIKES promises support for recumbent cycling through variably adjustable padding and is reliably attached to the seat frame with velcro straps. Wedge cushions ensure a good fit and can be attached at six different sites.
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Katja Tefiki

Katja Tefiki – That's how she rolls

24/08/2022

Katja Tefiki had to completely reorganize her everyday life after she became paraplegic. She got her driver's license and today her car and wheelchair are her indispensable companions. She loves long car rides and paragliding is also one of her passions. How she rolls otherwise, she tells us on REHACARE.com.
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rehaKIND e. V.

Status quo of the pediatric auxiliary aids and services supply: challenges, successes, and ideas

18/08/2022

As children grow up and develop, their needs keep changing. If the response to their special needs for auxiliary aids and services isn’t quick and competent, it creates problems that could have been avoided at a systemic level, says Christiana Hennemann. rehaKINDis committed to improving the situation and giving constructive feedback to policymakers, the public and other important stakeholders.
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New LEPUS E from HASE BIKES: Comfort Trike with Electric Start Assist

17/08/2022

The LEPUS E from HASE BIKES is ideal for people with leg-strength issues. It features a start-assist function, that gets the wheels rolling without pedaling and accelerates the trike to 6 km/h (4 mph). Besides this start assist with motor power it offers a delta trike with full suspension and accessories for every need and purpose.
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Tahina Andale

Tahina Andale – That's how she rolls

10/08/2022

Whether it's a cane or a walker, walking aids can make a significant contribution to greater mobility and a more self-determined life. Tahina Andale has also made this experience. Why the path to this realization was not always easy and what else has helped her to cope better with her chronic illness, she tells us on REHACARE.com.
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Image: The ZIPPIE Mini (left) and the QUICKIE Nitrum Hybrid & Active Rigid (right) both in front of the symbol of a star; Text: Mobility product award 2022; Copyright: Sunrise Medical

QUICKIE and ZIPPIE are Mobility Product Award 2022 Winners

01/08/2022

The QUICKIE Nitrum Hybrid & Actice Rigid lightweight wheelchair and ZIPPIE Q300 M Mini have won Mobility Product Awards 2022. The Mobility Product Award program honors outstanding product and technology developments by manufacturers of complex rehab technology and mobility/accessibility products.
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Ottobock

Preventing work-related injuries: exoskeletons curb repetitive stress injuries

28/07/2022

Lifting boxes above head height, repositioning a bedridden patient, or assembling heavy components in production - many work-related activities go along with monotonous postures or repetitive lifting. Exoskeletons can reduce strain and prevent long-term musculoskeletal injuries and illnesses.
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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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Alain Zanchetta

Alain Zanchetta – That's how he rolls

27/07/2022

Alain Zanchetta is a fighter. He would have to overcome difficulties early on, but he has gained a lot of strength and confidence as a result. As a designer, he develops inclusive design products himself to help other people. At the same time, his job offers him the security and perspective he craves. At REHACARE.com he tells us how he rolls otherwise.
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Ottobock

Spasticity Management: The New Exopulse Mollii Suit

26/07/2022

Reduces spasticity, relieves pain, improves mobility: The Exopulse Mollii Suit is the world’s first neuromodulation suit that enables people with neurological conditions to enjoy a more active daily lifestyle. Daniel Hublitz knows how the suit works and who can benefit from it. He knows about the demands and requirements the new assistive medical device must meet.
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ReWalk Robotics GmbH

100th ReWalk Exoskeleton Supplied in Germany

25/07/2022

ReWalk Robotics announces the 100th placement in Germany with an exoskeleton. The 100th insured in Germany is Lukas Gloßner, who is happy about his ReWalk exoskeleton.
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Sunrise Medical

Ready to go in a flash: the new Empulse StreetJet traction device

18/07/2022

The new Empulse StreetJet traction device from Sunrise Medical features a patented "One Touch" docking mechanism, various pneumatic tire options and other advanced solutions to promote effortless progress for wheelchair users.
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Leben mit PEG

Bastian K. – That's how he rolls

13/07/2022

Bastian K. is a summer person at heart. He enjoys spending time with family and friends. In doing so, the lack of accessibility often causes him more difficulties than the progressive muscle weakness he has been living with for many years. When he is not on the road, he writes about his "life with PEG" on his own blog. On REHACARE.com he tells us how he rolls otherwise.
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Messe Düsseldorf / ctillmann

Digital assistive technologies: Modern tools to make life more accessible

13/07/2022

People with disabilities often rely on assistance in different ways. Whether it's speech computers, screen readers, i.e. software that vocalizes on-screen texts, or special power wheelchairs – what all assistance has in common here is that it works thanks to digital components.
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Ottobock

Ottobock presents NeuroMobility solutions at REHACARE 2022

11/07/2022

The integrated treatment approach: This year, Ottobock comes to the fair with new, holistic approaches and technologies. Freedom of movement, quality of life and independence are the focus.
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PARAVAN GmbH

The PARAVAN PR 30 gets an update

29/06/2022

There is a new model of the PARAVAN wheelchair all-rounder, the PARAVAN PR 30/II, which is equipped with numerous additional medical functions. In addition, the PARAVAN PR 30/II can be individually adapted to the respective symptoms.
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Ornamin

Small things that have big benefits: daily living aids help make everyday life easier

27/06/2022

Opening a jar or getting on a bike to ride to the store: small things that many of us around the world do every day and tend to take for granted. But these activities are not a matter of course for everyone. Daily living aids can make a big difference to people with disabilities in making their lives easier.
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Liliya Krüger

Katharina Parafieva – That's how she rolls

01/06/2022

Katharina Parafieva lost both legs in an accident. Since then, she has been living with a wheelchair and prostheses. Getting out of her comfort zone and thinking positively were the most important steps for her to actively participate in life again. She tells REHACARE.com what else is important to her.
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Inga H. – That's how she rolls

18/05/2022

Thanks to her stoma, Inga can now live a largely normal life – free and without pain. She can go out with her dog, swim and soon do other sports again. But she had to fight hard for this and overcome many hurdles. She tells REHACARE.com what these were and where she still experiences discrimination in public today.
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Ottobock SE & Co. KGaA

Scientific progress: the Össur and Ottobock Research Trust Fund

18/05/2022

The "Össur and Ottobock Research Trust Fund" offers to support research projects that analyze the applicability of human-machine interfaces for the benefit of prosthesis users and thus further advance research in prosthetics.
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Sunrise Medical

QUICKIE Nitrum wins Red Dot Award

11/05/2022

After other numerous awards the QUICKIE Nitrum® from Sunrise Medical has received the Red Dot Award for Product Design 2022 from Germany. The company also unveiled new tools with the launch of QUICKIE Nitrum, including the highly innovative 3D visualizer and the illustration tool with augmented reality technology.
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Permobil

Permobil's Explorer Mini receives further accolades with 2022 Edison Award

04/05/2022

The Explorer Mini from Permobil has received the Edison Award 2022. It is the only electric mobility device for toddlers aged 12 to 36 months.
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Elena Zubiaurre / privat

Elena Zubiaurre – That's how she rolls

04/05/2022

Living with an invisible disability – Elena Zubiaurre knows how it feels. She lives with multiple sclerosis (MS). But strangers don't see it. That's why she would like society to be more careful and attentive. She tells REHACARE.com which everyday aids and auxiliary means should also be invented and why home office and mandatory masks are a blessing for her.
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davidpereiras

Auxiliary means industry: sustainable production, work and life

30/04/2022

The term "sustainability" has been on everyone's lips for some years now. Supermarkets advertise sustainable products, exchange platforms emphasize the sustainability of second-hand clothing, and disposable diapers are frowned upon by many young parents because of the mountains of trash they generate. But what is the actual situation in the medical and auxiliary means industry?
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twinsterphoto

Start-ups in the auxiliary aids industry

28/04/2022

Anyone visiting REHACARE on site will notice numerous small stands in addition to the larger stands of many established companies. Here you can often find new start-ups that want to expand the assistive technology sector with a fresh idea.
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Sunrise Medical

Sunrise Medical: innovative updates to QUICKIE Q700 power portfolio

27/04/2022

Sunrise Medical announces the launch of the SEDEO® PRO™ ADVANCED, the new advanced rehabilitation seating system. It is packed with high-end power functions such as the Fully Programmable Pressure Relief Alert Reminders (PRAR). The QUICKIE Q700 M-Series power wheelchair will also feature new updates for example wider seat sizes.
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Niklas Arnold Photography

Dietmar Sen – That's how he rolls

20/04/2022

Dietmar Sen doesn't want to have to hide or be ashamed of his weaknesses. His message: "Let's be authentic!" He tells REHACARE.com which things he wishes for and what he misses from his youth.
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Yvy Anheier

Alina Esleben – That's how she rolls

06/04/2022

Instead of new assistive devices, Alina Esleben would like to see a normalization of accessible public spaces and transportation. On REHACARE.com she shares her thoughts on local production within the assistive technology industry and how she rolls otherwise.
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University of Michigan/Robotics Institute

Exoskeletons: Achieving comfort in less than two minutes

04/04/2022

Researchers from the University of Michigan and the University of Stuttgart developed a method by which users can adjust exoskeletons themselves.
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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: Two women are sitting in wheelchairs. Both are laughing. The woman on the left is buying flowers. In the middle of the picture is the recycling symbol of Etac; Copyright: Etac AB

Etac AB

The first circular wheelchair by Etac

28/02/2022

Etac is launching the first circular wheelchair in Europe – Etac Cross re:vive – and takes an important step towards continued circular innovation. Wheelchairs ready for disposal returned to the original manufacturing site in Sweden, go thorough a quality inspection and are provided with a new production serial number. A new recycled product is created: the Etac Cross re:vive.
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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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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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Ottobock SE & Co. KGaA

Special wheelchairs for children expand the Ottobock portfolio

02/02/2022

Ottobock, the global healthtech company, acquired the Dutch company Veldink4kids, a specialist in children's wheelchairs, in January 2022. With this targeted addition to the portfolio in the area of NeuroMobility, Ottobock will be able to provide children and young people with holistic mobility solutions in the future.
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Etac AB

HoverMatt reduces work-related injuries for caregivers

31/01/2022

HoverMatt air-assisted transfer system facilitates patient care and reduces work-related injuries for caregivers, which contributes to a higher standard of care.
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Photo: A researcher explains to a patient where the future prosthesis takes the muscle signals for controlling the prosthesis in his arm; Copyright: Ottobock SE & Co. KGaA

Ottobock SE & Co. KGaA

New product development takes an interdisciplinary and multifaceted approach

24/01/2022

Business stagnation is never a good thing. It’s the reason assistive technology manufacturers continuously come up with innovative equipment and improve on their existing products. REHACARE.com shows the influence users have on the assistive technology industry and explains the research and development processes in manufacturing companies.
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PantherMedia / Jens Ickler

Disabled people risk being left in the cold in a sustainable energy future

05/01/2022

A new study reveals that disabled households in the Europe Union currently consume 10 per cent less energy than other households, as well as being 5 per cent more likely to experience energy poverty.
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University of Chicago

Prosthetics: stretchable pressure sensor could lead to better robotics

20/12/2021

In the future, soft robotic hands with advanced sensors could help diagnose and care for patients or act as more lifelike prostheses.
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trivida®

Reinventing the wheelchair wheel: greater independence with trivida®

09/12/2021

Nobody expects the reinvention of the wheel and yet that is exactly what P+L Innovations GmbH has accomplished. In this REHACARE.com interview, the company’s managing director, Dr. Christine Pflaumbaum, tells us what makes trivida® so unique, explains the benefits of a detachable wheelchair wheel and gives us insights into the development process.
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Wheelchair trends 2021 – try and train for more mobility

02/12/2021

The right wheelchair is worth its weight in gold. Today, wheelchair users not only have access to suitable shapes and functions but can also make individual design choices. At least as important, however, is the practiced use of the aid. Medical supply stores and mobility training courses can help with all of this – for example, at the rahm Center for Health.
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Udo Fischer | nunsichtbar.de

Cassandra Mae Spittmann – That's how she rolls

01/12/2021

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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Photo: A group of people in business suits at REHACARE; Copyright: Messe Düsseldorf / ctillmann

Messe Düsseldorf / ctillmann

Understanding their target market: retail companies in search of the best new products

24/11/2021

No two days are the same. You always learn and experience new things when you work with people. It’s one reason why medical supply stores strive to keep up to date on the latest product innovations. Besides manufacturers, retailers often step up to ensure the equipment lands in the right medical supply store.
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Photo: an elderly couple sitting in their apartment, the LiftonTRIO home elevator can be seen in the background; Copyright: Liftstar GmbH

Liftstar GmbH

Stylish and innovative design: taking it to the top with the Lifton home elevator

11/11/2021

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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dzb lesen

Touch, hear, participate: Assistive technology helps conquer visual impairment

28/10/2021

Blindness or visual impairment means a loss or partial loss of the sense of sight. What it doesn't mean is that those who are impacted by this must aim lower or feel inferior. An abundance of vision aids does a fantastic job of replacing the sense of sight in the best way possible.
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Photo: a young woman and a young man at an evening event, talking animatedly. He is wearing a hearing aid behind his ear; Copyright: Friedrichstadt-Palast; Andi Weiland | Gesellschaftsbilder.de

Friedrichstadt-Palast; Andi Weiland | Gesellschaftsbilder.de

Small, smart, connected: hearing solutions and smart home applications

28/10/2021

The latest communication technology trends also affect hearing systems: These tiny hearing amplifiers are getting smarter and can sometimes be connected to other systems. REHACARE.com recaps the latest trends in hearing aid technology, explains the present limitations and explores other applications for the deaf and hard of hearing community.
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ottobock

Tokyo 2020: Paralympic Games in a "bubble"

29/09/2021

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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At the training camp for service dogs

23/09/2021

Even dogs have to go to school. At the WZ Hundezentrum in Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania, service dogs are trained for their upcoming everyday work and learn everything that is necessary during the three and a half years of training. How exactly the right puppies are selected for this demanding task and what they have to learn, we from REHACARE.com had them show us.
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Photo: Young man in a cosy armchair with his dog on his lap. He is wearing a prosthetic leg.; Copyright: PantherMedia/DGLimages

PantherMedia/DGLimages

Prosthetic care takes comprehensive support and perseverance

31/08/2021

Adjusting to life after amputation can be challenging – both physically and mentally. Amputees need a lot of endurance and discipline before a prosthesis can fully replace a missing body part. Find out at REHACARE.com what is important when it comes to prosthesis fitting and discover where amputees can turn to for support.
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PantherMedia/vitaliy_sokol

The future of prosthetics is here thanks to Artificial Intelligence and bionic feedback

31/08/2021

There are many exciting advances in the field of prosthetics. REHACARE.com asked prosthetic manufacturers and experts about the latest medical and technical research in laboratories and discovered how prostheses quite literally learn from the user.
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Photo: An orthopedic technician holds a plaster leg from the workshop in his hands; Copyright: PantherMedia / moodboard (YAYMicro)

PantherMedia / moodboard (YAYMicro)

Everyday life in the medical supply store: working on, with and for people

29/07/2021

Whether it is an orthotic, prosthetic or wheelchair – it takes orthopedic know-how and skill to ensure the assistive device has the proper fit and also "fits" your lifestyle (pun intended). Although orthopedic technicians are often the first point of contact for patients, their profession is often unfairly underrated.
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Quantum Rehab

Wish fulfilled: New 4Front wheelchair from Quantum

30/06/2021

Consumers, ATPs and clinicians asked for some improvements to the 4Front® and Quantum Rehab listened. So they launched the 4Front 2 with the new Smart Traction Control (STC), which, along with Smooth Ride Suspension (SRS), provides stability for smooth obstacle transitions and unmatched driving performance.
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WZ Hundezentrum

Service dogs: priceless four-legged helpers

29/06/2021

REHACARE.com spoke with two dog training centers and learned how much people with disabilities benefit from a canine companion in everyday life and discovered the type of training assistance dogs complete before they are matched with a person.
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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

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: young girl with glasses smiling at the camera; beside her is her LIFEpad - a tabletbased speech recognition software; Copyright: LIFEtool

LIFEtool

Computer-aided communication: assistive technology promotes participation

29/04/2021

Whether it is voice recognition with or without eye tracking technology, educational or speech recognition software – assistive technology builds bridges that allow people to get in touch with their surroundings.
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Scewo Bro: the wheelchair that also climbs stairs

27/04/2021

Accessibility wherever you go: the Scewo Bro simply brings it! It is the only electric wheelchair in the world that rides on two wheels and also masters stairs and uneven surfaces with ease. Scewo AG is a master of its trade and is always developing new ideas to make the Bro even better.
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Andi Weiland | Boehringer Ingelheim, Gesellschaftsbilder.de

Assistive devices in the workplace: Making communication accessible

26/04/2021

Especially for blind and visually impaired people, the lack of or non-working augmentative communication devices frequently means that they have no prospect of participating in the workplace. We discussed with Bruno Behrendt from Papenmeier why screen readers are sometimes nothing more than pretty tools and learned why technical support is THE perennial issue when it comes to customer service.
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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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Sheffield Hallam University

Advanced neck support technology transforms lives of ALS patients

07/04/2021

A revolutionary neck collar designed to ease pain and make everyday tasks such as eating and communicating much easier for patients living with motor neurone disease (ALS) is now available in Germany, Austria and Switzerland.
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PARAVAN

Height-adjustable, versatile and adaptive – wheelchairs for kids

23/03/2021

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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Outdoor fun: Sports equipment for outdoor activities

11/03/2021

Whether on wheels or blades – in order for outdoor sports to bring unrestricted fun to people with a physical disability, they need the right auxiliary means for it. Companies like BamBuk, KADOMO and TESSIER have therefore made it their business to manufacture precisely these assistive devices and thus enable self-determined participation.
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ReWalk Robotics Ltd.

ReWalk enters supply contract with German health insurance company

10/03/2021

ReWalk Robotics, Ltd., a leading manufacturer of robotic medical devices for people with lower extremity disabilities, has entered into a contract with BKK Mobil Oil Insurance to provide ReWalk Personal Exoskeleton devices to its eligible beneficiaries with spinal cord injury.
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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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PARAVAN GmbH

Actively involved with the stand up wheelchair

03/03/2021

Finally standing up by themselves, being able to reach for a glass, looking over the railing in the zoo without any problems or simply darting around the square with their playmates without having to be pushed or lifted up. The new PARAVAN PR 35 S fulfils these children's dreams. It is small, compact, colourful and versatile.
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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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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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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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TOPRO GmbH

Rollators: lightweight mobility aids with style

11/02/2021

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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Myd'l

Myd'l: Diverse, innovative and individual – ramps for all occasions

28/01/2021

Shopping – especially in city centers – can quickly turn from pleasure to frustration. Namely, when stores are only accessible via one or more steps. The French company Myd'l has a solution ready for every barrier in terms of accessibility – whether private or business. Successfully active in international business for 22 years, the manufacturer now also offers its products in Germany.
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Photo: a young woman in a red dress is sitting in a black wheelchair, the sea is in the background; Copyright: Ines Zeifert

Ines Zeifert

Lilli Zeifert – That's how she rolls

27/01/2021

Lilli Zeifert has already seen a lot of the world. Perhaps that's why her great love is for what there is still to discover beyond the Earth: Whatever there is to find out about astrophysics – Lilli wants to know. Who she thinks are the smartest minds of all time, what she would like to discuss with them and how she otherwise rolls, she tells us on REHACARE.com.
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Photo: two people on ski: one is sitting in the front, the second person is standing in the back, steering the ski; Copyright: Tessier SARL

Tessier SARL

The right assistive technology promotes active sports participation

26/01/2021

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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Inferics GmbH

More self-determination thanks to smart technologies

14/01/2021

Everyone wants to live a self-determined life, but it isn’t always easy to implement – especially if you are an older adult or live with a disability. Fortunately, there are systems that help promote autonomy and independence in your own home. Size doesn’t always matter as even little smart helpers can give users peace of mind and a feeling of security as they navigate everyday life.
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Flexible, light and foldable - Mobility aids for people with walking disabilities

17/12/2020

The freedom to move around despite limited mobility is of great value to those affected. Flexible, lightweight and foldable are the magic words. Norbert Schmidt from Schmidt Handels GmbH explained to us what else is important for mobility aids.
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OrCam

Lionel Messi and OrCam: Enhancing self-determination in the lives of people with visual impairments

10/12/2020

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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Photo: Two people wearing exoskeletons help a woman to get into a wheelchair; Copyright: Jonne Renvall/Tampere University

Jonne Renvall/Tampere University

Exoskeletons can reduce strain also in health care

23/11/2020

Wearable exoskeletons are increasingly being used in physically demanding jobs to support good ergonomics and augment muscular strength. In ground-breaking studies led by researchers at Tampere University and LUT University in Finland, exoskeleton vests were worn by nurses to discover how the new technology would suit the special requirements of patient care.
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Photo collage: The turkish wheelchair basketball players Cem Gezinci, Ozgur Gurbulak and the tennis player Ugur Altinel; Copyright: ExtraWheelchairs

moso

Crisis-proof: moso navigates confidently through the coronavirus pandemic

19/11/2020

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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HASE BIKES

Mobility: PINO – probably the world’s most versatile bike

04/11/2020

The PINO semi-recumbent tandem from HASE BIKES has always been as versatile as a whole fleet of vehicles. As a tandem it is particularly popular among cyclists with disabilities and bike-travel enthusiasts, as a family taxi it turns young passengers into actively pedalling co-pilots, and as a cargo bike, even with just one rider, it can transport almost any load you can think of.
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Photo: Woman in power wheelchair X8 in the mountains, in the background the mountain panorama of the Zugspitze; Copyright: Sunrise Medical

Sunrise Medical

Accessible hiking in the mountains: The X8 off-road power wheelchair takes users to the top

03/11/2020

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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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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AMF-Bruns

Mobility: wheelchair accessible driving with the new VW Caddy 5

28/10/2020

AMF-Bruns was one of the first companies to receive the new Volkswagen Caddy 5 to start with the construction of a new WAV conversion kit for this brand-new vehicle. The fifth generation of the Volkswagen Caddy will be ready for delivery from early 2021. With start of sale of the Volkswagen Caddy 5, the WAV conversion from AMF-Bruns will be available at the same time.
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Photo: Young man on a street using the new QUICKIE Nitrum wheelchair; Copyright: Sunrise Medical

Sunrise Medical

QUICKIE Nitrum: New generation of high-performance, ultra-lightweight rigid wheelchairs

19/10/2020

Introducing the brand new QUICKIE® Nitrum®, Sunrise Medical’s highly innovative rigid wheelchair that is unrivaled in terms of lightweight, rigidity, adjustabillity and functional options. Lightest in its class, Nitrum is precision-engineered to efficiently convert energy into motion, allowing the user to propel with the least amount of effort.
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Joëlette And Co by Ferriol-Matrat

Joëlette Kid makes outdoor experiences more accessible

08/10/2020

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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Photo: The ACCEL QUAD system by Sojadis; Copyright: Sojadis Equipement

Sojadis Equipement

Mobility: Small hand control systems with a big effect

30/09/2020

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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Photo collage: The turkish wheelchair basketball players Cem Gezinci, Ozgur Gurbulak and the tennis player Ugur Altinel; Copyright: ExtraWheelchairs

ExtraWheelchairs

EXTRA: Made to measure sports wheelchair for a better performance

25/09/2020

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 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: Close-up of a male hand opening a door with an Ottobock door opener from the 3D printer; Copyright: Ottobock SE & Co. KGaA

Ottobock SE & Co. KGaA

Corona pandemic: Companies adapt to meet changes in demand

01/09/2020

The Coronavirus crisis has affected all of us. The pandemic has also left its mark on many REHACARE exhibitors. Several companies have adapted their services and product portfolios in response to a rapidly changing situation. REHACARE.com has taken a closer look at three exhibitors.
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Photo: Woman with hand orthosis CARBONHAND pouring herself a drink; Copyright: beta-web

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Smart mobility for arms and hands thanks to robotic systems

27/04/2020

Grabbing things, eating and drinking on your own – no matter how well your own hand or arm is still able to function. EXXOMOVE® UG aims to make it a reality. The company’s BATEO assistive robotic arm and CARBONHAND hand orthosis promote self-determination and mobility of people who are impaired in their motor skills as the result of an accident or disability.
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Photo: Man in wheelchair is together with his wife in an accessible hotel room; Copyright: Heidehotel Bad Bevensen@FDS Hotel gGmbH

Heidehotel Bad Bevensen@FDS Hotel gGmbH

Accessible travel: Hotels for everyone

02/04/2020

When people with disabilities plan a trip, accessible accommodations are typically a critical aspect to consider. Both the hotel room and the surroundings should offer all the typical amenities, but also address the person’s special needs. REHACARE.com showcases three hotels that want to facilitate comfort and ease, especially for people with mobility disabilities.
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Photo: ATTO Scooter standing ready for action next to a folded version; Copyright: MovingLife

MovingLife

ATTO folding mobility scooter makes self-determined travel possible

02/04/2020

Traveling with a mobility aid should be easy: Simply fold it up if needed and take it with you in the car or even on the plane. The foldable scooter ATTO from MovingLife makes all of this possible. REHACARE.com talked with Marcel Zwart, MovingLife Sales Manager EMEAI (Europe, Middle East, Africa & India), about ATTO being a game-changer for people with mobility impairments when they travel.
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Photo: David Hofer demonstrating the IntegraMouse at REHACARE 2019; Copyright: beta-web

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IntegraMouse: Mouth-controlled device facilitates digital accessibility

27/03/2020

Whether at work or at home – most of us cannot imagine living without a computer. But what happens if someone is unable to operate a keyboard and control a mouse with their hands because of a disability? The LIFEtool Solutions GmbH from Austria has developed a great solution – the IntegraMouse. We met up with CEO David Hofer at REHACARE 2019.
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Photo: A stylized human head with the OrCam MyEye on the glasses frame; Copyright: beta-web

beta-web

OrCam MyEye: Promoting independence and participation with artificial intelligence

13/03/2020

Reading texts, identifying products at the supermarket and even recognizing faces – the MyEye tool from OrCam can do just that and helps blind and visually impaired people feel more confident in everyday life. At REHACARE 2019, area sales manager Jennifer Kietzke showed us how the discreet, smart wearable assistive technology works.
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Photo: Transfer board ready for transfer lies on the seat of the wheelchair; Copyright: meinHOLTZ

meinHOLTZ

Transfer boards by meinHOLTZ: "Assistive devices can be practical, modern and stylish at the same time"

28/02/2020

Is it a skateboard with no wheels? No, it’s a transfer board made by meinHOLTZ! These modern boards help people who use wheelchairs to easily move from one surface to another on their own. Not only does this make transfers easy, but the assistive devices also look stylish and sophisticated.
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Photo: Two wheelchair users with wheelchairs that have integrated the WheelAir system; Copyright: WheelAir

WheelAir

WheelAir: No more overheating for wheelchair users

30/01/2020

Overheating is a serious issue for people who use a wheelchair. Ice packs and water sprays used to help many of them in order to keep cool. But Corien Staels, Founder & Managing Director of WheelAir, wanted to find a technological solution for the problem of overheating. Since then the WheelAir concept is about to change lives.
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Photo: Peter Lammer at REHACARE 2019; Copyright: beta-web

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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

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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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Photo: The Merlin wheelchair at the booth of Wolturnus at REHACARE 2019; Copyright: beta-web

beta-web

Wolturnus wheelchairs: custom and sporty with an award-winning design

30/10/2019

Built for freedom is the brand tagline of Wolturnus. The Danish wheelchair and handbike specialist emphasizes ergonomics and stability. After all, for users, the assistive device is an extension of their body and symbolizes full participation in public and social life. REHACARE visitors were able to experience the exhibitor’s products first-hand.
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Photo: TAB in TIME at REHACARE 2019; Coyright: beta-web

beta-web

eCare: How startups are driving the digitization of healthcare

24/10/2019

Everyone is talking about startups and digitization. eCare is yet another concept that is gaining momentum in healthcare settings. What opportunities does digitization offer? And where are its limits? Startup companies and representatives of the healthcare industry searched for answers to these and other questions at this year’s REHACARE.
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Photo: Screenshot from the Bravo Twist product video. An older man sits in front of a plate and holds the Bravo Twist in his hand ; Copyright: Pro Walk GmbH

Pro Walk GmbH

Adaptive eating utensils with a Twist: How Bravo Twist by ProWalk outsmarts Parkinson’s tremors

17/10/2019

We all know that food intake is essential for the survival of every living organism. Yet for humans, food can also be a great source of pleasure or even love. At any rate, it is an important part of our social life. But what happens if our own body throws a monkey wrench into our food intake by having a stroke or neurological disorder?
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Highlights of REHACARE 2019

21/09/2019

Innovative, informative and inspiring – that was REHACARE 2019! There was a lot to discover this year among the 700 exhibitors: the latest trends and products, exciting lectures and many activities in the exhibition halls. These were the highlights.
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Help in everyday life with sippa, the drinking aid from iuvas medical

20/09/2019

Swallowing difficulties or limited mobility? Especially in old age, many people are affected. To make it easier for them to drink, the start-up iuvas medical has developed the modern drinking aid sippa.
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Assistive Robotics: 12 years of quality with Kinova

19/09/2019

It all started with a robotic arm. Nowadays the products of the Canadian company Kinova can perform many functions of a human arm. At REHACARE 2019, Kinova will give an insight into the high quality standards of assistive robotics.
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Auxiliary means: individual and effective

18/09/2019

Whether as a result of an accident, age or disability – there are many reasons why people use auxiliary means. In the exhibition halls of REHACARE 2019 visitors can expect a great variety of products. Here, everyone will find what they need.
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Where the sticks are dancing - Dergin Tokmaks fabulous crutches

02/09/2019

Dergin Tokmak and Ossenberg GmbH met at REHACARE 2012. Since then they have been a good team. What makes the Stix crutches so special and what they have to endure, Tokmak and Andreas Fritz tell in our interview.
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Photo: The iEAT Light Grip eating aid; Copyright: Assistive Innovations bv

Assistive Innovations bv

"Assistive devices help to actively join the meal"

22/08/2019

There are various different kinds of auxiliary means at REHACARE. And the drinking and eating aids are definitely among the popular ones. With its assistive devices the company Assistive Innovations bv from the Netherlands wants to help people with different disabilities to become more independent with eating. CEO Arthur Blom tells REHACARE.com more about classic and new products.
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Accessible software: Assistive devices for blind people in the office

01/08/2019

The blind Conny Rippe has an office job where she organizes a lot and makes a lot of phone calls. This is made possible by the right assistive technology. In our report, she, her employer Regine Gessner and software manufacturer Hansjörg Lienert talk about the challenges and opportunities of everyday working life with visual impairment.
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O4 Wheelchairs GmbH

WorkHopper: where sitting is a pleasure

01/08/2019

How often do we change our sitting position throughout the workday? People who don’t use wheelchairs can "stretch their legs" during a long day at the office. Unfortunately, that’s not a real option for wheelchair users. That's why the Dutch manufacturer O4 Wheelchairs has created the WorkHopper, a dynamic and ergonomic solution that’s specifically designed for the workplace.
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Photo: Michel Arriens and Franziska Stoldt sitting in front of their VW Bulli bus on a camping site; Copyright: private

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Modifications: Self-determined mobility thanks to accessible VW Bulli Bus

01/07/2019

Whether it’s for their professional life or to travel – many people with disabilities need a car that provides mobility without limits. A small car is often unable to accommodate unique needs. That’s when you need a bigger vehicle – like a minivan.
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A new level of accessibility – Gaming with the Microsoft Adaptive Controller

19/06/2019

Explore old temples, become soccer world champion, fight space battles – video games make a lot of things possible. But still, complex controls and a one-size-fits-all hardware keep people with disabilities from fully enjoying games. We visited the gamer Melanie Eilert and took a look at the Microsoft Adaptive Controller that supports her in Xbox gaming.
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Gripoballs

Self-determination thanks to eating and drinking aids

03/06/2019

There are many reasons why a person has trouble eating or drinking, including tremors associated with Parkinson’s disease or neurologic symptoms caused by multiple sclerosis. Eating independently without the need for help is a pervasive need in all of us. It is usually not an issue if we have the right tools.
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Photo: Adult prosthesis with individually movable fingers; Copyright: Ansgar Pudenz

Prosthetic hands from VINCENT Systems: A lightweight featuring high-tech quality and a sense of touch

01/06/2018

The Karlsruhe-based VINCENT Systems Company develops prosthetic hands that raise the bar for prosthetics. This prosthetic device is light-weight, based on the anatomical features of a natural hand and offers a wide variety of functions as well as an artificial sense of touch.
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How can I help you? – An accessible shopping experience please!

01/04/2016

Wide aisles, a lot of room between the shelves, non-slip flooring and easy-to-read price tags – this is especially important for senior citizens and persons with disabilities when they shop. But in the real world, things are often very different: shopping carts that are hard to maneuver, narrow checkout aisles or undersized dressing rooms are all too common.
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