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Denplan launches dental eldercare benefits to companies

23 March, 2015

Denplan has today announced that it is extending its dental employee benefit plans for corporates to include eldercare cover for employees. Investment and commercial banking giant JP Morgan is the first of Denplan’s corporate clients to introduce dental cover for elderly relatives of its workforce, by adding it to their flexible employee benefits scheme.

With an ageing population, it is becoming evident that more employees are finding themselves needing to care for elderly relatives, with employers becoming more aware of the support their staff may need when it comes to caring for their relatives. The latest statistics show that there are now over 11 million people in the UK aged over 65 and nearly one in five people currently in the UK will live to see their 100th birthday*.

Pam Whelan, Head of Corporate at Denplan comments: “The oral health needs of an ageing population should not be underestimated, and there is likely to be a growing impact on society of diseases such as periodontal disease (gum disease) which is often more common in later life. Periodontal disease can lead to tooth decay and loss of teeth, discomfort and disruption of chewing, difficulties with speech and avoidance of socialisation. All can play havoc with fundamental aspects of daily life for the elderly and this can in turn affect those having to care for them – especially in terms of employee’s mental health and wellbeing, and their finances.

“JP Morgan have clearly realised the benefits of providing health care cover for their employees and their elderly relatives so we are extremely pleased to be able to offer eldercare dental benefits to their staff as part of the company’s flexible benefits scheme. This allows their employees to select dental care cover for their parents at the same current corporate rates that they and their partners receive.”

Adam Brooke, Employee Benefits and Wellness Manager (Europe, the Middle East and Africa) at JP Morgan, commented: “We found that eldercare really resonates with our diverse workforce, and we have noticed that it is an area that has grown immensely over the last few years. We have worked with and promoted Denplan since 2005, and have always been impressed with the options and services they have provided for our employees so we are very pleased that Denplan has worked with us to expand the oral health care plans we offer to our staff. The eldercare dental cover has been added to a new section of our organisation’s flexible benefits portal, providing our employees with the opportunity to cover themselves, their partner and both their parents and parents-in-law for their dental health needs. We have informed all our staff of the new eldercare cover, and with 28% of our workforce currently members of Denplan, we expect take up to prove very popular.”

Denplan offer a range of flexible dental plans to suit the needs of companies and their employees, from providing basic cover for all employees or a more comprehensive package for some or all employees. Further information about Denplan’s full product range can be found at http://www.denplan.co.uk/companies .

* Ageuk Factsheet, “Later Life in the United Kingdom”, February 2015

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