Practical Tips & Tools for Managing a Medical Ordeal
The health of employees and their families affects the workplace more than most companies realize. When employees are dealing with an acute illness, chronic disease, or serious injury, their focus is meaningfully altered, leading to absenteeism and presenteeism. Whether the health challenge is their own or a loved one’s, the impact can be extremely significant.
With the ZaggoCare® System, you can provide your employees with a tool that can:
- reduce their stress
- allow them to be more effective members of their medical teams
- help them concentrate at work
For more information, contact Zaggo President Roberta Carson: Roberta@ZaggoCare.org; 617-999-6415
Did You Know?
- Chronic illness affects 80% of US workers, and 30% of all adults serve as caregivers to a seriously ill or injured family member[1,2]
- Absenteeism, workplace disruptions, and reduced work status of working family caregivers cost US businesses between $17.1 and $33.6 billion per year
- “Presenteeism” costs employers $150 billion per year, far exceeding the costs of absenteeism and medical treatment combined
Patients and their family caregivers need help
- A recent study found that 78% of patients did not understand their instructions for care after leaving the emergency room; yet only 20% recognized that they had difficulties understanding information given to them. This means that the majority of patients (58%) did not understand their instructions and did not realize they did not understand.
- Medication noncompliance, which affects at least 50% of patients who are prescribed drugs, results in as much as $290 billion in avoidable medical spending such as additional doctor visits, and preventable hospitalizations
Help is here. ZaggoCare’s education and tools teach patients and families dealing with a serious medical issue a simple, smart way to become fully involved, more effective members of the healthcare team – a long-ignored gap in patient care. It has been tested and praised by dozens of patients, family caregivers, and medical professionals.
The benefits of providing the ZaggoCare System to your employees include:
- Reduced absenteeism as employees learn to function as fully engaged and effective members of their healthcare team
- Lower presenteeism and higher productivity as employees focus better on work instead of being distracted their medical situation
- Lower medical care costs through fewer duplicate tests, eliminating unnecessary doctor’s appointments and helping patients comply with their medication regimen
- Enhanced commitment by providing an innovative, supportive resource at time of need that is high in value and low in cost.
When your employees do not know where to turn, offering the ZaggoCare System will guide them along their medical journeys.
This is a wonderful resource for employers to make available to their employees. The stress of juggling a job along with managing complex healthcare is overwhelming. This guidebook will absolutely help employees alleviate the stress that can impact their work performance. Providing this kind of support to employees is not just a goodwill gesture; it makes great sense from an employee productivity standpoint.”
1The Burden of Chronic Disease on Business and US Competitiveness. Excerpt from the 2009 Almanac of Chronic Disease. Partnership to Fight Chronic Disease and US Workplace Wellness Alliance
2Caregiving in the U.S. 2009, National Alliance for Caregiving in Collaboration with AARP; Funded by The MetLife Foundation. http://assets.aarp.org/rgcenter/il/caregiving 09 fr.pdf
3MetLife Study of Working Caregivers and Employer Health Costs. www.metlife.com/assets/cao/mmi/publications/studies/2010/mmi-working-caregivers-employers-health-care-costs.pdf
4Collins J, Baase C, Sharda C, Ozminkowski RJ, Nicholson S, Billotti GM, et al. The assessment of chronic health conditions on work performance, absence, and total economic impact for employers. J Occup Environ Med. 2005; 47(6):547-557
5Patient Comprehension of Emergency Department Care and Instructions: Are Patients Aware of When They Do Not Understand? Annals of Emergency Medicine, VOL 53, Issue 4. 454-461. Kirsten Engel, M.D.
6Osterberg, L and Blaschke, T. Adherence to Medication, N Engl J Med. 2005; 353:487-497