Health Shield revamps Home Assistance to cover parents

5 December 2016

Health cash plan provider Health Shield is helping to ease the pressure - for both employers and employees - of providing essential post-hospital care by extending its Home Assistance offering to members' parents.

Home Assistance, available on Health Shield's Tailored, Flex and Corporate cash plans, now covers employees' parents (and their partner's parents if applicable) for 14 hours of care in the home following a pre-planned stay in hospital for two or more nights. The benefit has been extended to offer the home care service to help with the often difficult situation of people needing to provide care for family members after a hospital stay, when it cannot always be possible for them to take the time off from work or other family commitments to do so.  Recent figures show that one in nine employees are caring for someone who is older, disabled or seriously ill [ι].

Health Shield Chief Executive, Jonathan Burton commented: "We continually assess the relevance of our products, which is why we decided to improve our Home Assistance offering.  It is a more common scenario for employees to need support in looking after their parents following a hospital stay as, with age, the complications of returning home increase.  Therefore, we have extended our Home Assistance programme to provide benefit of real value to people in a greater number of circumstances, and to help employers manage absence while supporting their employees.

"The addition of new and improved benefits is essential to helping us deliver excellent products and services to our members, and strengthen our relationship with intermediaries."

[ι] Figures from Employers for Carers


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