Rehacare 2017: Independent living in focus
Mobility and home care were top topics at the Rehacare International 2017 in Düsseldorf, where about 39,000 visitors gained information on the specialist trade fair and conference on support and knowledge on independent living.
Intelligent, high-grade aids and comprehensive advisory services for people with disabilities, care requirements, chronic illnesses and for geriatrics all drew great interest from the attendees of Rehacare International, which came to a close after a four-day run on Saturday 7 October. According to the organizer, the visitors came from over 70 countries. One of the big topics at Rehacare 2017 was mobility. Wheelchairs, scooters, walking frames or specially converted or fitted out vehicles: the exhibitors showed the entire range of the latest technology which facilitates daily routines for disabled people. Wheelchairs that can be steered using smart glasses alone, robotic exoskeletons and cars whose gas, braking and steering functions can all be easily controlled by digital systems linked to a joystick were a few of these innovations. One particular highlight in this vernacular was the CYBATHLON Experience. In exciting competitive games, people with physical disabilities battled it out to see which intelligent technical assistance system was the best. The competitors ran the gamut of two different obstacle courses, one for wheelchairs and one for robotic exoskeletons.
The accompanying programme of Rehacare, constituted a huge range of forums and conferences, was also met with great approval this year, states the organizer. Whilst experts from independent living, social care, political and cost-bearer sectors focused on the topic of people with disabilities in the working world in the Rehacara Forum, the Living with Care@Home forum [Leben mit Pflege@home] from the Lower Rhine Care Academy [Pflegeakademie Niederrhein] (Willich) offered a diverse range of further education opportunities and information, intended for both care professionals and caregivers. On “Dementia Day”, many visitors were once again present at the Living with Care@Home forum and gave all their attention to the experts. The next Rehacare International will take place from 26 to 29 September 2018, once again at the Düsseldorf Trade Fair Centre.