Rehabilitation

In Denmark, the municipalities offer a comprehensive rehabilitation program for all citizens in need. Rehabilitation interventions are person-centred and adapted to the individual, aiming at the highest possible level of participation and inclusion.

Danish healthcare transformation relies on stronger primary care and municipal services, which reduce the need for hospital in-patient stays. This is why Danish municipalities a decade ago started introducing new rehabilitation services in order to take over rehabilitation from hospitals and enable hospitals to deliver more outpatient treatment. Municipal rehabilitation services also focus on "everyday rehabilitation" where home care staff help citizens to become empowered and solve the tasks themselves. As such, the citizens remain independent, self-reliant, and are able to participate actively for as long as possible. This has been documented to improve their per­ceived quality of life as well as significantly reduce their need for assistance and sup­port.

Technology-driven solutions are important in honouring the ambition of "everyday rehabilitation" and include, among other things, intelligent rehabilitation equipment such as motion sensors and robots that help citizens train independently. Live feedback during training helps motivate citizens and reassure them that they are per­forming their exercises correctly. The feedback allows for accurately adjusted training and ensures that the process is fully docu­mented. Both citizens and healthcare pro­fessionals can access information about the training programs and monitor progress via an app on a tablet computer.

A sensor-based technology by the company Icura helps elderly citizens set rehabilitation goals and keep track of their activities. The program improves self-empowerment, physical activity, and functional levels in daily life.