REHACARE 2018, the International Trade Fair for Rehabilitation and Care, will take place September 26 to 29 at the fairgrounds in Düsseldorf, Germany.

The trade fair, organized by Messe Düsseldorf North America, will feature a record 960 exhibitors from 40 countries (including 546 foreign countries), which will showcase various products designed with the aim of helping to make everyday life easier for seniors, people with disabilities, and those in need of care.

“REHACARE 2018 will be the largest event since 1977, when we started organizing this trade show at our Düsseldorf location,” states Horst Giesen, global portfolio director of health and medical technologies at Messe Düsseldorf, in a media release.

“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.”

Approximately 600 suppliers will showcase products engineered to help people with disabilities to be mobile and to maintain this mobility in their old age. In addition, 50 retrofitters will present customized cars for drivers with limited mobility.

Automobile manufacturers such as AUDI, Fiat, Daimler, and Volkswagen will showcase current models with driving aids already installed in the factory.

The CYBATHLON Experience in the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich (ETH Zurich) will take place on Hall 3. During this event, people with disabilities will compete in games to find out which technical assistance system is best, and to support further research to help these assistance systems gain broad acceptance. Activities will include obstacle courses for those who use wheelchairs, robotic exoskeletons, or arm and leg prostheses, or virtual races using mind control or brain-computer interfaces.

During the REHACARE Forum in Hall 3 representatives from politics, associations, and self-help groups will give presentations and host panel discussions on various issues concerning the rehab community.

Also in Hall 3 will be the fourth Living with Care@Home Forum, which will focus on old-age illnesses and the resulting nursing care requirements for relatives and nursing professionals. A different set of topics will be discussed on each day. For the first time, presentations for wound experts will be held each day in cooperation with the Chronic Wounds Initiative (ICW), the release continues.

The REHACARE Congress on September 28 will focus on the topic, “Digital Designs of Life in at Home,” and will demonstrate community mode3ls that 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.

The M-Enabling Forum will make its debut at REHACARE 2018 on September 27 and will focus on digital accessibility and assistive technologies. E.J. Krause & Associates and G3ict (The Global Initiative for Inclusive Information and Communication Technologies) will present this conference with accompanying tabletop exhibition for barrier-free digital technologies and environments. The forum will provide information about current legal issues and guidelines.

For more information about REHACARE 2018, visit Messe Düsseldorf North America.

[Source: Messe Düsseldorf North America]