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How adaptive fashion combines aesthetics and functionality

22.07.2024

Adaptive fashion is not a trend. It’s a sign of the shift towards a more open, inclusive society. The term appears both in Germany and throughout the world when describing well-designed, stylish clothing that caters to the individual needs and requirements of people with various disabilities. REHACARE.de takes an aesthetic and functional look at this attractive topic.
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Abby Bobrow

Product development: Wheelchair technology on the move

24.06.2024

Adam Bleakney, the Head Coach of the University of Illinois Wheelchair Track and Road Racing team, had a major influence on the project to create a ballbot wheelchair. Supported by the U.S.'s National Science Foundation (NSF), collaborators with the University of Illinois developed this new invention that changes the lives of many wheelchair users.
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G. Klauke/GGT

Accessible living: When everyone benefits

24.06.2024

When people think of accessible living, they have images of wheelchairs and walking frames in their heads. But accessibility should be considered for everyone – as a matter of course and in every building construction. Only then will it become widespread. REHACARE.com spoke to Martina Koepp, Managing Director of GGT, about challenges and solutions for age-appropriate and accessible living.
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Motion Solutions GmbH

Achim Bauch – That's how he rolls

15.05.2024

Achim Bauch is one of thousands of people worldwide who are still living with the consequences of the thalidomide scandal of the late 1950s and early 1960s. Which moment he remembers most fondly from a few years ago and how he rolls otherwise, he tells us on REHACARE.com.
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Showerbuddy

Challenges and importance of mobility in the UK

08.05.2024

A UK government report on disability statistics revealed a significant number of people facing mobility challenges. The report found that in 2021/2022 around 16 million people across the UK had a disability of some kind.
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Private

Christina Keil – That's how she rolls

17.04.2024

A few years ago, sepsis changed Christina Keil's entire life. The consequences of an induced coma following heart surgery are still with her today. But Christina Keil firmly believes that a positive spirit attracts positive things. What she is particularly grateful to the nursing staff for during her time in hospital and how she rolls otherwise, she tells us on REHACARE.com.
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AMF-Bruns

AMF-Bruns: Accessible conversion for comfortable and safe transportation

10.04.2024

From mid-2024, AMF-Bruns will be offering accessible conversions for the new Hyundai STARIA. The futuristic vehicle not only impresses with its design, but also with flexible conversion solutions that enable the safe and comfortable transportation of wheelchair users.
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Danny-Ralph Cäsar

Lukas Gloßner – That's how he rolls

13.03.2024

Whether for his club or for Team Germany – Lukas Gloßner is a wheelchair basketball player with all his heart. His big goal is to take part in the 2024 Summer Paralympic Games. Along the way, he has learned a lot and developed clear ideas about how he wants to live his life with a disability. Who he would like to meet and how he rolls otherwise, he tells us on REHACARE.com.
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PARAVAN

Arriving relaxed – mobile with wheelchair and joystick

05.03.2024

Benjamin has been independently mobile since 2011and a good 400,000 kilometres. Now he has taken delivery of his second Mercedes V-Class from PARAVAN. In addition to the new model, the new vehicle also has technical advantages that make driving safer and more relaxed.
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Nora Beckmann

Katharina Hesener – That's how she rolls

14.02.2024

For Katharina Hesener, many movements are associated with great effort. The 23-year-old has limb-girdle muscular dystrophy (muscle atrophy) and organizes her everyday life very differently than most other people her age – with assistive devices ranging from wheelchairs to garbage grabbers. How she tells the world about her life and how she rolls otherwise, she tells us on REHACARE.com.
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Abdulgazi Karaman – That's how he rolls

25.01.2024

The dream of the Paralympics came true for Abdulgazi Karaman in 1992. Back then, the 53-year-old played for the German wheelchair basketball team and won silver. Today, Abdulgazi Karaman himself is looking for future talents in wheelchair basketball. What he wants from politics and society and how he rolls otherwise, he tells us on REHACARE.com.
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Paris 2024

Paris 2024 has chosen its Torchbearers for the Olympic and Paralympic Games

24.01.2024

80% of the 11.000 Torchbearers between the Olympic and Paralympic Torch Relays have been informed that they will carry the meaningful fire; they are called the 'Forerunners'.
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PXL

Stefan Palkowski – That's how he rolls

13.12.2023

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

From driving school to vehicle customization

11.12.2023

Thanks to his successful driving school training at the PARAVAN driving school and individual vehicle conversion, Bruno was able to take delivery of his adapted VW T6.1 just in time for the start of his training. Thanks to various adaptations, such as a cassette lift and secondary functions via the PARAVAN touch system, he can now take part in road traffic independently and safely.
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Pride Mobility

Where can you travel with a folding power wheelchair like the Jazzy Carbon?

06.12.2023

Thanks to many features, such as folding capability and airline-compliant lithium battery, the Jazzy Carbon, a lightweight and portable electric wheelchair, is suitable for travel. Pride Mobility has presented a wide variety of ways to travel with the Jazzy Carbon.
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private

Kathrin Bay – That's how she rolls

29.11.2023

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

Johnny Grasser – That's how he rolls

15.11.2023

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

Sunrise Medical completes strategic acquisition of Ride Designs

08.11.2023

Sunrise Medical has announced the acquisition of Ride Designs, the industry leader in customized seating systems for wheelchair users. This acquisition expands Sunrise Medical's product offering in seating and positioning systems with high-quality customized solutions.
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Ottobock SE & Co. KGaA

kidevo: New name for Veldink4kids children's wheelchairs

04.10.2023

The children's wheelchairs from Veldink4kids are being given a new name "kidevo" to symbolize their integration into Ottobock and to make it easier for parents to select a suitable wheelchair for their children. There are three models: kidevo prime, kidevo mini and kidevo adapt, each of which can be adapted to different age groups and activity levels of children.
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munevo GmbH

Revolutionary mobility: munevo DRIVE – freedom and independence through head control

02.10.2023

Saskia lives with GNE myopathy and could hardly control her electric wheelchair due to decreasing arm strength. With munevo DRIVE, a head control, she regains mobility and independence. munevo GmbH is working on using this technology to control smarthome devices as well, thus giving people with disabilities more autonomy.
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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: White 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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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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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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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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Decide for yourself where you go: intelligent 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Sunrise Medical

Sunrise Medical sponsors the UK's first step-free art trail

05.06.2023

The company Sunrise Medical is sponsoring Morph's Epic Art Adventure, the UK's first step-free art trail, which will take place in London from June 19 to August 20, 2023. As part of Morph's Epic Art Adventure in London, Whizz-Kidz will use the trail to encourage the public, the business community and young people to imagine what a more inclusive world could look like for young wheelchair users.
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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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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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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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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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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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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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2KERR

IBOT electric wheelchair: go wherever you want – physically and socially

30.03.2023

The iBOT is a multifunctional personal mobility device that allows users to achieve things that were previously impossible. With twenty years of advanced technology combined into one device with six different modes, users can go wherever they want. And wherever they are, the iBOT electric wheelchair makes participation possible.
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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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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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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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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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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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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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Photo: Annika Schröder is holding a badminton bat and smiles into the camera; Copyright: Sandra Lange

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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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: A young girl straightens up in the electric children's wheelchair to reach a glass of juice on a higher counter; Copyright: PARAVAN

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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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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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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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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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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Photo: Saskia Melches smiling and sitting in her wheelchair on a ice skate ring; Copyright: Saskia Melches

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Photo: The black high-roof station wagon Ford Tourneo Connect with open trunk showing the Rolli-In® rear cutout; Copyright: KADOMO GmbH

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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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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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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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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Photo: Man sitting in a wheelchair to which the Empulse StreetJet traction device is attached. In the background: a mountain landscape; Copyright: Sunrise Medical

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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Ann-Kathrin Ulbrich – That's how she rolls

29.06.2022

Ann-Kathrin Ulbrich was heavily pregnant when paralysis suddenly appeared in her right leg. As a mother of three, she was then suddenly dependent on a wheelchair. But she rose to the challenge and is proud of it. How she manages her everyday life, which aid is indispensable for this and how she rolls otherwise, she tells us on REHACARE.com.
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Photo: The PARAVAN PR30/II in the tilt angle to the rear; Copyright: PARAVAN GmbH

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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ostfriesland.travel

Accessible trip planning: City sightseeing or active travel adventures?

22.06.2022

How do you want to spend your annual summer vacation? Are you headed for the beach or is skiing in the mountains more your style? No matter the destination, most people use their vacation time for a relaxing escape. Unfortunately, planning a trip can be stressful and is especially challenging for people with disabilities, as they must find accessible accommodations and inclusive destinations.
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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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seventyfourimages

The joy of water sports includes people with disabilities

27.05.2022

Water sports such as diving, sailing, or kiteboarding evoke a feeling of freedom! You don’t have to travel the five oceans of the world to get in on the fun. Depending on the type of sport, your local man-made lake or public swimming pool can also do the trick.
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Photo: The QUICKIE Nitrum wheelchair on the right. On the left is the inscription reddot winner 2022; Copyright: Sunrise Medical

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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Photo: A female wheelchair user stands on a terrace and smiles sideways at the camera. You can see a green meadow in the background; Copyright: davidpereiras

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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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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Photo: a white-haired gentleman fashionably dressed in ocher tones in a wheelchair. Behind him is someone, also in ocher tones, with his hands on the wheelchair; Copyright: PantherMedia / HayDmitriy

PantherMedia / HayDmitriy

Adaptive clothing: designed to fit

28.03.2022

Clothes should fit comfortably. They should make you feel great and be easy to put on and take off. Unfortunately, many "off-the-rack" clothes don’t meet these criteria. Those who don’t sport the measurements of the average woman or man find themselves at a distinct disadvantage. This includes people who use wheelchairs and people with restricted mobility.
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Photo: a toilet in white in front of black tiles. To the right and left of it are grab bars; Copyright: PantherMedia/bitpics

PantherMedia/bitpics

Accessible bathrooms: fostering and maintaining greater autonomy and independence

28.02.2022

For most people, the bathroom is their happy place and sanctuary – which is why it is important to remove any barriers for safety, ease, and comfort. Unfortunately, this is not always a given when it comes to people with disabilities. Unless you live in a new building, you may have to remodel bathrooms and toilet rooms to accommodate your special needs.
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Photo: 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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Photo: Three men, three generations. The oldest man sits in a wheelchair, the younger men sit on the couch in front of a TV; Copyright: PantherMedia / Andriy Popov

PantherMedia / Andriy Popov

Accessible housing: a win-win situation

28.02.2022

Many homes and apartments are not accessible to people with disabilities. For years, builders of larger accommodations must comply with corresponding accessible design and construction requirements. Getting into an accessibility mindset right from the start benefits everyone!
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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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Photo: A blue special wheelchair for children with stars on the wheel cover; Copyright: Ottobock SE & Co. KGaA

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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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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Photo: A young man is off the beaten track in the forest with the balance wheelchair; Copyright: 2KERR

2KERR

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

16.12.2021

Inclusion also means that nobody gets left out when it comes to recreational activities. People with disabilities no longer want to pass up on any events, whether it is wheelchair sports, outdoor activities or just having "more fun” getting around town. REHACARE.com took a closer look at some of the latest trends in the leisure sector and gained exciting insights.
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Photo: A very fashionably-elegantly dressed wheelchair user at a harbor, with a Ferris wheel and boats behind her; Copyright: Pandhora S.r.l.

Pandhora S.r.l.

Light weight, beautifully styled and ergonomic – wheelchair design continues to evolve

16.12.2021

When you think of a wheelchair, you don’t necessarily consider it a high-tech assistive technology that is super trendy. In the past, the device was also heavy, over-sized, and difficult to transport. All that has changed, thanks to both innovative startups and well-known industry giants.
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Photo: A wheelchair with the trivida® wheel, a part of the wheel leans in front of the wheelchair; Copyright: trivida®

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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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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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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Photo: WheelSim VR test user Andreas with VR glasses in front of the screen; Copyright: LIFEtool

LIFEtool

WheelSim VR: learning safe electric wheelchair operation thanks to virtual reality

20.05.2021

LIFEtool is as non-profit organization that counsels and equips people with the tools, they need to be successful. The Austrian company now successfully adapted its 2D-based simulator WheelSim to virtual reality. VR training enables power wheelchair users to practice difficult tasks in a safe environment.
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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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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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Julia Porzelt – That's how she rolls

10.03.2021

Julia Porzelt is a team athlete: together with her horses Dainty and Bruno, she is internationally successful in dressage. She never gets bored: besides intensive training, she goes jogging and works with her retriever dog Feline – her assistance dog in training. Which celebrities she would like to train with and how she otherwise rolls, she tells us on REHACARE.com.
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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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Quokka

Functionality included: accessories for people with disabilities

02.03.2021

Sometimes an outfit is just an outfit – perhaps it’s not terribly exciting or unique, but it does the job. But expressing your individuality from time to time never hurt anyone. How do you showcase your personal style? With the right accessories: a scarf, a belt, or a matching bag. REHACARE.com took a closer look at companies that accommodate the specific needs of people with disabilities.
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AMF-Bruns GmbH & Co. KG

Mobility: Securing wheelchairs better with new retractor system

22.02.2021

AMF-Bruns manufactured the world’s first retractor 4-point system for wheelchairs and their occupants in the 1970s. At the beginning of 2021, the European market leader for wheelchair accessible vehicle conversions introduces a new generation of the PROTEKTOR occupant and wheelchair restraint system and sets a new standard in safety, design, and functionality.
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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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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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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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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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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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Photo: new VW Caddy 5 with open tailgate and wheelchair next to it; Copyright: AMF-Bruns

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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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: A female therapist in blue hospital working clothes in standing next to a man. He is sitting in a training device with a seat and a steering wheel; Copyright: Automobile Sodermanns

Automobile Sodermanns

REHA-SLIDE Assist: wheelchair-to-car-transfer made easy

03.08.2020

Mobility is a vital component of self-determination. Wheelchair users who drive their own vehicles have to transfer from their wheelchairs into the driver's seat. This can be a challenge, especially for new wheelchair users. The REHA-SLIDE is an assist device that helps them practice this transition skill.
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Photo collage: Male model in a wheelchair and female model with prosthetic leg in clothes from MOB Industries, as well as close-up of a shirt sleeve; Copyright: Jakob Gsöllpointner/MOB Industries

Jakob Gsöllpointner/MOB Industries

Fashion by MOB Industries: "Inclusion means to truly embrace all body types"

16.07.2020

Fashion without barriers – that’s the mission of Viennese-based startup MOB Industries (German: Mode Ohne Barrieren, hence the abbreviation MOB). How has the coronavirus outbreak affected the company’s latest collection and how do functionality and aesthetics go hand in hand? REHACARE.com asked MOB founder and CEO Josefine Thom.
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Online fashion show: Adaptive fashion for people with and without disabilities

14.05.2020

If fashion is practical and also keeps up with the latest chic trends, it has achieved its goal. We present pictures of two fashion labels that combine great style and functionality and make it work in everyday life and not just for wheelchair users and people of short stature.
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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: Samanta Bullock in her wheelchair at the beach. She is wearing a chic red dress; Copyright: Lawson Filho

Lawson Filho

Fashion for wheelchair users – functional, comfortable, diverse

03.03.2020

Pants, jackets or dresses – if you use a wheelchair, you inherently have a different perspective on clothing compared to other fashionistas who are able to walk. Fashion-conscious wheelchair users have to first find companies or labels that not only meet functional and adaptive clothing requirements, but also cater to their sense of fashion and style.
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Photo: Arm of a wheelchair user next to the wheelchair wheel. She is wearing a jacket with special fabric on the sleeve; Copyright: Daniela Luquini

Daniela Luquini

Untapped potential: Fashion created for people with disabilities

03.03.2020

Inclusive design, adaptive fashion – there are many terms that describe this phenomenon in German and English-speaking countries. But what are the features of (great) fashion designed for people with disabilities? And is clothing for wheelchair users and little people still an untapped market? REHACARE.com took a closer look at the fashion industry.
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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: 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: Wheelchair user driving through a warehouse; Copyright: O4 Wheelchairs GmbH

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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Customers with disabilities demand diverse accessible concepts

01.04.2016

Let’s assess the situation: we asked around the social networks. What do people with different types of disabilities experience day-to-day when they go shopping? We wanted to find out what barriers they encounter, how they deal with them and what they expect from the retail industry.
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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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