Rehabilitation

In Denmark, the municipalities offer a comprehensive rehabilitation program for all citizens in need. Rehabilitation interventions are patient-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 reduces the need for hospital in-patient stays. Therefore, several rehabilitation services have been transferred from hospitals to the municipalities. Municipal rehabilitation services also focus on "everyday rehabilitation" where home care staff empowers citizens and helps them solve the tasks themselves. As such, the patients remain independent, self-reliant, and can participate actively in their rehabilitation course. 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. Real-time feedback during training motivates citizens and reassures 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.

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