Project RE:HOME

RE:HOME project aims to reduce the healthcare desert in the field of rehabilitation for children with neurological disorders in the North West Europe region by: ensuring improved access to advanced technologies (exoskeleton modules, IT platform), developing standardized home training and learning programs with these technologies, and  providing comprehensive care for children to rehabilitation centers, children’s homes and to industry, healthcare professionals, in the 4 countries involved. The 12 partners from Belgium, Germany, France and Netherlands will cooperate during 5 years (2024-2028).

RE:home

With an indicative financial allocation of EU funding of €6.47 million and a total project budget of  €10.7 million, the specific objective of RE:HOME is ensuring equal access to health care and fostering resilience of health systems, including primary care, and promoting the transition from institutional to family and community based care.

In NWE, Europe's most densely populated region, there are approximately 12,000 children with neurological disorders who face lifelong challenges, including severe mobility limitations. These children require personalized rehabilitation plans that address their specific needs and abilities. However, the lack of standardized practices hinders the development of comprehensive programs that can be easily implemented across various healthcare settings. Despite advancements in medical technology and rehabilitation practices, the current landscape of motor rehabilitation lacks access to advanced technological solutions. The scarcity of advanced technologies, including exoskeletons for children, contributes to the classification of the NWE area as a medical desert. To address these challenges and improve the field of neurological pediatric rehabilitation, the RE:HOME project aims to achieve the following objectives:

  1. Improve access to new technologies by delivering new exoskeleton modules for robot-assisted rehabilitation, smart garments, and also an IT platform to telemonitor and facilitate the transfer of digital technologies.
  2. Establish standardized transnational training programs for both hospital and home use. Urban areas, Belgium and the Netherlands will serve as pilot countries, where training and testing sessions will be developed.
  3. Implement a joint training scheme that targets healthcare professionals, parents, children, and the public. This improves access to information and knowledge about rehabilitation technologies and practice.

Different target groups have been identified: Higher education and research organizations (students from universities), Hospitals and medical centres, General public, SME and Interest groups including NGOs (parents associations and children).

The  RE:HOME project is built in 3 stages. The first stage is the development of technologies, the second one is the implementation of pre-pilots across four countries in paediatric neurological patients, featuring a collaborative effort between health professionals and technical partners. And the third one, is the promotion of learning programs on exoskeleton modules, smart garments, rehab best practices, and IT use with key messages on technical advancements and innovative protocols.

The Objectives of  RE:HOME: improve the life of children with neurological disorders in the domestic context by providing access to advanced technologies (exoskeleton modules and an IT platform) and standardized training programs to rehabilitation centers, children’s homes, industry and healthcare professionals.

To learn more about RE:HOME, click here https://re-home.nweurope.eu/

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