About the Danish assistive technology and welfare technology industry
Solutions that benefit people and society
The Danish assistive technology and welfare technology industry provides solutions that benefit people and society.
Danish leading position
The Danish assistive technology industry has a good reputation around the world. This is not least due to the ability of Danish manufacturers to transform Denmark’s leading position in the elderly and disabled persons area into qualitative, useful products and services, which are goal-oriented towards the needs there are in various groups of people with functional impairments. This applies to products and services that make day-to-day life easier, individually customised personal assistive technologies and residence and building equipment that promote accessibility.
Small and middle-sized
Most of the companies are small and medium-sized enterprises, which, when taken together, offer a very broad and varied selection of products and services. This mix of small and larger companies means that the industry has great flexibility and willingness to adapt, both to meet the new needs of the users and to adjust to changing market conditions, both nationally and internationally.
Development, cooperation, quality and design
The Danish assistive technology industry is, to start with, a child of Denmark’s position within the area of disability. There is a long tradition in Denmark for having product development take place in close cooperation with both the disabled themselves and their organisations, as well as public and private employees who work in the area of disabilities. The result is that design, functionality, quality and user-friendliness are the most important elements of assistive technologies that are manufactured in Denmark.
Many assistive technologies are used daily by people who help the elderly or disabled persons with daily tasks. They may be volunteers, family members or employed professional helpers. And consideration of the working conditions of the helpers is also part of product development.
As a result of growing international interest for the Danish manufacturers’ high quality and an export share of about 2/3 of the total production, international cooperation has been considerably strengthened in recent years. Danish.Care cooperates with and supports companies in the international market through export drives, participation in international exhibitions, cooperation with organisations and other players, participation in and holding of seminars, etc.
Health & Rehab Scandinavia
The close cooperation between manufacturers, users, helpers and professional players is best illustrated at Northern Europe’s leading exhibition of assistive technologies and services for people with functional impairments, Health & Rehab Scandinavia, which Danish.Care arranges. Health & Rehab Scandinavia provides the opportunity to exhibit assistive technologies and services, and makes it possible for user organisations, professional institutions and assistive technology manufacturers to present their products to each other and to the many interested players in the area. www.health-rehab.com.
The assistive technology database (www.HMI-basen.dk) maintained by the Danish National Board of Social Services, divides assistive products into five general groups:
Treatment and training
Treatment, training, and sport equipment, stimulators, ball duvets...
Residences, housekeeping, hobbies
Residences, bathrooms, beds, visits to the toilet, housekeeping, toys, tools...
Communication, seeing, hearing, reading, writing, computers, watches, alarms...
Mobility and moving
Wheelchairs, cycles, and walking, moving and orientation assistive technology, car adjustments...
Personal care, clothes and shoes
Bandages, apparel, wigs, incontinence, body care, drug dosage, sex life...