Preview of REHAB 2019 at Karlsruhe Trade Fair Centre

The press conference informed about facts and highlights of REHAB (photo: KMK/Jürgen Rösner)
The press conference informed about facts and highlights of REHAB (photo: KMK/Jürgen Rösner)

Karlsruhe, 12 March 2019 – Rehabilitation specialists, people with disabilities and their relatives will be able to obtain information and advice on new trends and developments in rehabilitation, therapy, care and inclusion at the twentieth edition of REHAB, which takes place from 16 to 18 May 2019. To present the high-quality and informative range of products, two barrier-free exhibition halls, events hall and outdoor area will be filled to capacity. The total exhibition area has grown by circa fourteen per cent to a total of 40,000 square meters. Approximately 450 exhibitors from twenty countries and circa 18,000 visitors are expected at REHAB. From start-ups to market leaders, a wide range of manufacturers, dealers, service providers and associations representing the entire spectrum of the assistance industry will be present. To facilitate rapid orientation and to promote the sharing of ideas, the broad spectrum of presentations is divided into individual thematic marketplaces. Jürgen Dusel, the German federal government’s commissioner for matters relating to persons with disabilities, has accepted the patronage of REHAB and will be personally present at the fair’s opening.

Numerous new exhibitors at the marketplaces

A large number of first-time exhibitors are enriching REHAB this year. In particular, the diverse offers for barrier-free travel at the marketplace “Leisure and Travel” will be complemented by new exhibitors such as the Ferienhotel Bodensee Stiftung Pro Handicap and the operators of the skywalk allgäu Naturerlebnispark. Lifta GmbH, which manufactures Germany’s best-selling stairlift, will be exhibiting for the first time at the marketplace “Building and Living”. HERNIK GmbH, Pohlig GmbH, HASE BIKES, the Dutch wheelchair manufacturer Life & Mobility GmbH and the Allied Vehicles Group from Great Britain likewise number among the new exhibitors at REHAB 2019.

Demonstrations of products for home intensive care

For the first time, the marketplace “Homecare and Nursing” will offer visitors individualized and practical demonstrations of products for outpatient nursing and home intensive care this year. These cost-free product demonstrations are organized by the Competenz Netzwerk Außerklinische Intensivversorgung e.V. [Competence Network for Out-of-Hospital Intensive Care] (CNI) in cooperation with exhibitors from the marketplace. For example, Mölnlycke Health Care GmbH provides insights into modern wound care and offers visitors the opportunity to practice their care-giving skills on a dummy. HiPP GmbH & Co. Vertrieb KG provides information about enteral nutrition and cooking with HiPP liquid food. Two first-time exhibitors will also be participating in the event: Smiths Medical Deutschland GmbH will make its tracheal cannulae and infusion pumps available for testing, while Philips GmbH Respironics will offer visitors the opportunity to test its oxygen therapy and cough assistance devices.

Lectures, further education and scientific symposium

In addition to exhibitors, REHAB also offers an extensive, specialized and informative lecture programme of approximately 140 lectures. This series is organized by the ZNS – Hannelore Kohl Foundation, the hw-studio weber with the trade journal “not” [“need”], the International Fördergemeinschaft rehaKIND e.V. and various competent exhibitors. For the first time, the Deutscher Schwerhörigenbund Landesverband Baden-Württemberg e.V. and the Cochlea Implantat Verband Baden-Württemberg e.V. are organizing a lecture program for the Hearing Theme Park at the specialist forum in Hall 1.

For therapists, specialized dealers and professional caregivers, the ROLLETS rehabilitation network is offering for the first time intensive workshops on topics related to wheelchair care and assistance provision. Therapeutic and nursing staff receive one training point for attending each of these workshops, which focus, for example, on the process of acquiring assistance equipment, justifying expenses when communicating with funding agencies, and transfer techniques that reduce the strain on the caregiver’s back.

ETH Zurich and the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology are co-organizing a CYBATHLON prosthesis series at REHAB. Here, individuals with an arm or leg prosthesis accomplish everyday tasks and thus demonstrate the potentials and limitations of prostheses. At the accompanying academic symposium, researchers in prosthetics, orthotics, exoskeletons and other related areas will present their research work and their findings on the subject.

“Snack and Talk” talk series, VR cinema and hands-on activities

Among others, the monoskier and multiple Paralympics winner Anna Schaffelhuber and Tobias Pfeiffer, who is chef de cuisine at “handicap” Restaurant in Künzelsau, will share insights into the life of people with disabilities during the “Snack and Talk” talk series in the Kulturbistro. A virtual-reality cinema enables visitors to travel virtually to places that are difficult to reach for many people with and without disabilities.

The test track for scooters, tricycles and handbikes, along with the motor vehicle test track, enable interested people to conduct onsite tests of driving devices and automobiles. At the inclusive sports facility, people with and without disabilities can play inclusive sports together and train with coaches and professionals. The range of facilities here includes, for example, wheelsoccer, badminton and, for the first time, handball and table tennis. Furthermore, wheelchair dance and e-hockey are two sports, offered at REHAB for the second time, which interested people can rarely try out directly and with no obligations.

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