REHAB Presents Innovations in Action
Karlsruhe, 6 February 2019 – About 450 exhibitors from 18 countries will present their latest rehabilitative, orthopaedic and medical-technology products, along with diverse innovations for care and therapy at the REHAB – Trade Fair for Rehabilitation, Therapy, Care and Inclusion from 16 to 18 May at Karlsruhe Trade Fair Centre. From dedicated start-ups to the industry’s established leaders, a wide range of companies will offer consulting on their latest developments, which include wheelchairs, communication aids, stair lifts and many other products. Representatives of self-help groups, travel companies and educational institutions likewise attend REHAB to explain how they can best assist people with handicaps. The fair’s spectrum is thematically divided into ten marketplaces to facilitate speedy orientation and encourage lively exchange among participants. Among other new items in the supporting programme are two offers – the Joint Pavilion Homecare in practice and the CYBATHLON Arm and Leg Prostheses Series – that enable visitors to gain firsthand experience of the capabilities of the innovations on display.
Joint Pavilion Homecare in practice with product demonstrations
Outpatient nursing and home intensive care for care recipient are becoming increasingly important because of the ever-growing numbers of people who need care, many of whom would prefer to be cared for in their own homes. Therefore, the marketplace “Homecare and Nursing” with exhibitors and a supporting programme was organized for the first time at the preceding REHAB.
This year the marketplace “Homecare and Nursing” will be expanded to include the new Joint Pavilion Homecare in practice, where professional caregivers, specialized dealers and relatives of individuals affected can view practical demonstrations of products for home intensive care. These cost-free demonstrations of products are organized by the Competenz Netzwerk Außerklinische Intensivversorgung e. V. (CNI) [Competence Network for Out-of-Hospital Intensive Care] in collaboration with industry partners.
CYBATHLON Arm and Leg Prostheses Series
Together with the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), the CYBATHLON will be a guest at REHAB with its CYBATHLON arm and leg prosthesis series. The CYBATHLON is a unique contest in which people with physical disabilities competitively perform everyday tasks with the aid of state-of-the-art technical assistance systems. The contest’s objectives are to promote progress in research and development, to encourage the implementation of assistance systems and to foster inclusion. Organized by ETH Zurich, the CYBATHLON competition was held for the first time in 2016.
Prior to the second competition in 2020, CYBATHLON series events will focus on several individual disciplines. At REHAB individuals with arm or leg prostheses will compete on two parallel racetracks, where they will master everyday challenges and thus demonstrate the potentials and limits of current technologies. In addition, the KIT is organizing a scientific symposium on “Assistive and Wearable Robotics”.
About REHAB Karlsruhe
As one of the world’s leading trade fairs for rehabilitation, therapy, care and inclusion, REHAB has been a must-attend event on the calendars of rehabilitation professionals, people with disabilities and their relatives every two years since 1980. REHAB presents the latest rehabilitative, orthopaedic and medical-technology products, as well as innovations for care and therapy. Marketplaces bring together the fair’s diverse topics and promote lively sharing among participants. Numerous lectures, live demonstrations, discussions and opportunities for further training round out the fair’s supporting programme. The twentieth edition of REHAB will take place at Karlsruhe Trade Fair Centre from 16 to 18 May 2019