The future of the rehabilitation for people with walking paralyses has begun with the exoskeleton. At REHAB, manufacturers will present their innovative, electronically controlled body support devices.
People who lost some or all of their ability to walk after an accident, stroke, through a tumour or a spinal column illness, can train independent walking and standing using modern rehabilitation robotics. The system is based on an electronically controlled movement support provided by an externally clad “skeleton”. The central elements are padded orthoses made of metal and computer-controlled electronic motors which are attached with straps and Velcro. Even where a complete cure is impossible: this kind of training promotes blood circulation and digestion, counters osteoporosis and demonstrates positive effects on the psyche.
Communication aids for disabled people help to facilitate direct communication and make reading, writing, arithmetic and drawing easier. Visitors of REHAB can explore a wide range of modern aids and test them on site.
As multi-faceted as functional restrictions may be, the communication aids for disabled people are equally diverse, simplifying or enabling active and passive communication. For people with restricted vision, hearing-impaired and deaf people, physically disabled people or those without vocal folds: They can all profit from individualised or specially developed devices which compensate for their respective disabilities as much as possible.
Walking aids for people with mobility restrictions
For people with walking disabilities, walking aids provide lots of mobility. The exhibitors at REHAB present different kinds and models, ranging from walking canes to walking frames with electric drives and pushing aids for wheelchairs.
More safety, self-reliance and life quality: These are the advantages of walking frames or aids for ill or older people with restricted walking abilities. Walking aids support active movement, make participation in social life easier and train muscles, heart and the overall cardiovascular system.
The auxiliary tools for people with disabilities also include orthopaedic aids. They can create relief, replace body parts, prevent a disability and compensate for functional restrictions.
Orthopaedic aids for disabled or ill people can support therapy efforts and make every-day life easier. They should be selected in close cooperation between doctors, physical therapists and orthopaedists, individually customised or tailor-made.
Wheelchairs for increased mobility and increased quality of life
Wheelchairs for disabled people are available in many variants. When customised to individual requirements and needs, wheelchairs can provide people with walking difficulties with more mobility and a higher quality of life.
Depending on the personal requirements, different types of wheelchairs are available. For temporary use of a wheelchair, for example after an operation, generally a standard wheelchair with very few adjustment options will suffice. Extremely light standard wheelchairs are referred to as light-weight wheelchairs. In patient care, nursing wheelchairs or multi-functional wheelchairs are used increasingly as they have adjustable elements but are rather heavy.
Transfer and lifting aids for people with disabilities
Disabled people can profit from many practical lifting and transfer aids. At REHAB, several specialised companies will introduce various aids intended to facilitate every-day life for people with a handicap and their caretakers.
People with a walking disability and wheelchair users, bed-ridden patients or even carers appreciate the value of practical transfer and lifting aids. They make the transfer between bed, wheelchair and bathroom or car much easier. In many cases, physical care and hygiene is only possible because of such aids which can also expand the experience and action radius of physically disabled people. Primarily, they provide relief for relatives, carers and custodians who will be able to save a lot of strength when lifting, turning, transferring, raising or supporting disabled people or those in need of care and can work more ergonomically.