Workplace Options Wins Prestigious Caregiver Friendly Award

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Workplace Options, the largest provider of work-life employee benefits in America, announced today that its Care Coach service won a 2006 Caregiver Friendly award from Today’s Caregiver magazine.

Workplace Options, the largest provider of work-life employee benefits in America, announced today that its Care Coach service won a 2006 Caregiver Friendly award from Today’s Caregiver magazine.

Caregiver Friendly Awards are presented by Today's Caregiver magazine to celebrate outstanding books, media, products and services designed with the best interest of the family caregiver in mind.

Care Coach, launched by Workplace Options in 2005, pairs families who are caring for an aging family member with a professional geriatric care manager during a telephonic "family meeting" facilitated by Workplace Options. The Geriatric Care Manager explains available options and builds consensus among the family members. Once consensus is reached, Workplace Options’ Geriatric Care Manager will coordinate a care plan, work to resolve any outstanding issues, and is available for ongoing contact from the family.

Care Coach addresses a critical need among caregivers that is not currently being met through traditional employee benefit programs that simply refer caregivers to geriatric care management services. While these benefits can help employee caregivers find resources and information and assess caregiving needs, they do not help facilitate communication among family members. Bringing family members together in a facilitated "family meeting" can result in a more unified approach to care planning. This leads to a reduction of caregiver stress and better care for the aging family member.

"The average caregiver is responsible for over $40,000 in health-related expenditures each year, in either personal or directed funds," says Gary Barg, Today's Caregiver magazine’s Editor-in-Chief. "This award is designed to help family caregivers recognize and reward those organizations who will care for them in as committed a manner as they care for their loved ones."

"Our organization clearly understands the value of supporting family caregivers, as evidenced by this award," says Alan King, president of Workplace Options. "Care Coach not only helps caregivers care for their loved ones but also improves the caregiver's quality of life in the process. We are delighted that Today’s Caregiver has recognized this innovative and important service."

About Workplace Options

Workplace Options (WPO) is America's largest provider of work-life services and software that help EAPs and other third-parties run their business more profitably and efficiently. Founded in 1982 and servicing nearly 15 million employees and their families, WPO is recognized for its innovative web delivery capabilities, flexibility and affordable pricing models.

About Today's Caregiver

Today's Caregiver magazine, launched in 1995, is published by Caregiver Media Group, which also produces the Fearless Caregiver Conferences, http://www.caregiver.com and The Fearless Caregiver book, which teaches caregivers how to become their loved one's fearless advocates within the health care system.

This press release was distributed through eMediawire by Human Resources Marketer (HR Marketer: http://www.HRmarketer.com) on behalf of the company listed above.

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