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Welfare Technology

The Danish healthcare and welfare industry has a good reputation around the world.

This is primarily due to the ability of Danish manufacturers to translate Denmark’s position at the cutting edge of care for the elderly and the disabled into useful products and services targeting the needs of different groups of people with disabilities. These products and services, for example customised technical aids as well as accommodation and building equipment facilitating access and greater mobility, assist the disabled in their day-to-day lives, and, what is perhaps more important, help individuals maintain an independent lifestyle.

The Danish healthcare and welfare industry has a good reputation around the world. This is primarily due to the ability of Danish manufacturers to translate Denmark’s position at the cutting edge of care for the elderly and the disabled into useful products and services targeting the needs of different groups of people with disabilities. These products and services, for example customised technical aids as well as accommodation and building equipment facilitating access and greater mobility, assist the disabled in their day-to-day lives, and, what is perhaps more important, help individuals maintain an independent lifestyle.

The Danish Rehab Group trade organisation has approximately 90 members who, combined, employ several thousand people in Denmark. A large part of the Danish production is exported.

Most of the manufacturers are small and medium-sized companies offering a wide range of products and services used at hospitals, in nursing homes and home care. It goes without saying that these products and services are also widely used by ordinary citizens to help them live independent lives. This mixture of small and large companies means that the industry has considerable flexibility and adaptability and is able to meet the needs of the citizens and adapt to changed market conditions, both nationally and internationally.

Design, functionality, quality and user-friendliness are the most important features of the technical aids manufactured in Denmark. The Danish technical aid industry has a long-standing tradition for developing new products in collaboration with the disabled, their organisations as well as employees in both the public and private sectors involved in care for the elderly and the disabled. Consideration for the working conditions of carers is an important aspect of product development, as many technical aids are used daily by people who assist the elderly and the disabled with their daily routines. These include volunteers, family members and professionally employed carers.

The Danish Rehab Group has made user-driven innovation a vital part of its development and production strategy. The Group also supports companies on the international market by means of export promotions, participation in international exhibitions, collaboration with other organisations and players, etc.

World view on welfare technology

The social and healthcare systems in all developed countries will be facing the same challenges in the coming years: increased demand due to demographic changes, growing expectations to the quality of life during the third age and available treatment modalities as well as increased pressure on public finances. The Danish technical aid and welfare technology industry can contribute by developing innovative solutions and promoting Scandinavian quality standards on the international market, thereby adding value to patients in the form of gentle and safe products and to society in the form of more effective processes in the social and healthcare services.