Washington, D.C. 20549


Pursuant to Section 13 OR 15(d) of
The Securities Exchange Act of 1934

Date of report (Date of earliest event reported):
September 18, 2018


(Exact name of Registrant as specified in its charter)
(State or other Jurisdiction of
Incorporation or Organization)
(Commission File Number)
(I.R.S. Employer
Identification Number)

One Invacare Way, Elyria, Ohio 44035
(Address of principal executive offices, including zip code)

(440) 329-6000
(Registrant’s telephone number, including area code)

(Former name, former address and former fiscal year, if changed since last report)
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Item 5.02.
Departure of Directors or Certain Officers; Election of Directors; Appointment of Certain Officers; Compensatory Arrangements of Certain Officers.
Effective as of September 18, 2018 (the “Separation Date”), Dean J. Childers, the Company’s Senior Vice President and General Manager, North America, separated from Invacare Corporation (the “Company”). The Company will initiate an executive search for a new leader of its North America business segment.
In accordance with the terms of the employment letter agreement between Mr. Childers and the Company, dated April 15, 2015, as amended (the “Employment Agreement”), and the other Company executive compensation arrangements in which Mr. Childers participated, in connection with the separation:
Mr. Childers is entitled to a severance benefit in an amount equal to six months of his base salary in effect as of the Separation Date (which salary is $409,211 annually).

All unvested restricted stock awarded to Mr. Childers was forfeited. All performance shares and performance-based stock options awarded to Mr. Childers were unvested and thus such performance shares were forfeited, and such performance-based stock options terminated and expired, as of his separation.

Mr. Childers’ participation as an active employee under the Company’s retirement benefit plans ceased as of the Separation Date and he will not be entitled to any additional benefit accruals under the plans. Mr. Childers will become entitled to any benefits he has accrued under the retirement benefit plans to the extent provided under the terms of the applicable plan.
The foregoing summary of certain terms and conditions of the Employment Agreement is qualified in its entirety by reference to the full text of the agreement, which is filed as Exhibit 10(af) to the Company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2017, and which is incorporated by reference into this Item 5.02.

Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, the registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned hereunto duly authorized.

Date: September 19, 2018
/s/ Anthony C. LaPlaca
Anthony C. LaPlaca
Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary