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September 2018

Press Contact:

Anne Meerboth-Maltz
Tel. (312) 781-5185
Fax (312) 781-5188

Messe Düsseldorf North America
150 North Michigan Avenue
Suite 2920
Chicago, IL 60601


The upcoming edition of REHACARE 2018, International Trade Fair for Rehabilitation and Care, will be largest in the show’s history: a record 960 exhibitors from 40 countries (including 546 foreign companies) will present aids to make everyday life easier for senior citizens, people with disabilities and those in need for care. “REHACARE 2018 will be the largest event since 1977, when we started organizing this trade show at our Düsseldorf location,” stated Horst Giesen, Global Portfolio Director of Health and Medical Technologies at Messe Düsseldorf. “We are registering historic highs in all currently available trade fair figures: in the number of exhibitors, countries, rented exhibition space and also in international participation. More than 57% of the exhibitors are coming from outside Germany this year.” REHACARE will take place from September 26 - 29, 2018 in six halls at the fairgrounds in Düsseldorf, Germany.

Wheelchairs, walking aids and more
Almost all leading manufacturers of medical aids will be represented at REHACARE 2018. Wheelchairs, travel devices and walking aids will have a strong presence in the Düsseldorf exhibition halls: about 600 suppliers will showcase products which help people with disabilities to be mobile and maintain mobility in old age. Unique is the car show in Hall 6: On an exhibition area of 21,500 square feet, 50 retrofitters will present customized cars for drivers with limited mobility. This year, the automotive industry will be joining them with AUDI, Fiat, Daimler and Volkswagen, showcasing their current models with driving aids already installed in the factory. Everyday aids, nursing care aids and communication technology for people with sensory disabilities and limitations in their motor capabilities will also be part of REHACARE’s core segment. A wealth of ideas and products for barrier-free living, leisure, travel and a wide range of sports items for the disabled round off the product range.

CYBATHLON Experience: Assistance technology today and tomorrow
The CYBATHLON Experience of the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich (ETH Zurich) on Hall 3 will again be a special highlight. At this event, organized in conjunction with REHACARE, people with physical disabilities compete in games to find out which technical assistance system is the best. This includes obstacle courses for wheelchairs and robotic exoskeletons or where arm and leg prostheses will be used as well as virtual races with mind control or “brain-computer interface races”. The CYBATHLON competition promotes research development and implementation of modern assistance systems with the aim to demonstrate how well these systems already support people with disabilities today and what they will have to do in future in order to gain broad acceptance.

REHACARE Forum: Current issues, culture and entertainment
The REHACARE Forum in Hall 3 will be a central meeting and information point. Representatives from politics, associations and self-help groups will give presentations and offer panel discussions and exchange of experiences. The focus will be on topics relating to life and housing in old age, mobility, culture and sport, the rights and claims of patients in the provision of medical aids as well as assessments of the quality of care following the introduction of the German Act on the Provision of Medical and Medical Aids.

Living with Care@Home Forum Knowledge for everyday nursing care
The fourth Living with Care@Home Forum in Hall 3 will focus old-age illnesses and the resulting nursing care requirements for relatives and nursing professionals. Each day of REHACARE will be dedicated to a different set of topics, including caring for people with dementia and palliative care at home. Due to the increasing importance of the topic wounds and wound care, presentations especially for wound experts will be held each day in cooperation with the Chronic Wounds Initiative (ICW) for the first time.

The entire information and further education program will be organized and moderated by the Nursing Academy of Lower Rhine, Willich and Messe Düsseldorf. The ICW will award recertification points for attending the further education event on September 26, 27 and 29.

Congress: Digitally Shaping Our Lives in the Community
The REHACARE Congress on September 28 will focus on the topic of the “Digital Design of Life in at Home”. It will demonstrate established and promising community models which incorporate digital structures and solutions. The focus will be on projects designed for older people and people with special needs, such as reduced mobility or dementia.

Düsseldorf premiere: M-Enabling Forum
The first M-Enabling Forum in Germany will take place on September 27during REHACARE 2018 and concentrate on digital accessibility and assistive technologies. E.J.Krause & Associates and G3ict (The Global Initiative for Inclusive Information and Communication Technologies) are responsible for this conference with accompanying table-top exhibition for barrier-free digital technologies and environments. The forum will provide information about current legal issues and guidelines.

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