LifeCare, Inc. Announces Backup Child and Elder Care Product Enhancements

Shelton, CT / June 3, 2011 — As increasing numbers of employers show interest in providing employees with quality backup child and eldercare services, LifeCare, Inc. has announced product and team improvements designed to increase employee loyalty and productivity.

Each member of LifeCare’s account management team has been certified as Backup Care Consultants enabling them to help clients integrate backup child and elder care into their productivity solutions platforms. The certification process, conducted by Peggy Altherr, Senior Vice President, Director of Backup Care Development, is rigorous training designed to ensure the client’s productivity solutions are enhanced when the Lifecare© Backup Care Connection® is added.

Recent studies have shown that two-thirds of workers who have children or adult loved ones report missing work to care for them, unplanned absences that cost employers up to 5.8% of payroll. Employee absenteeism due to interruptions in child and eldercare services can be prevented if the employee has a readily available affordable alternative. Employers eager to help employees with these challenges find that subsidies are much more cost effective when used in conjunction with an entire set of productivity tools.

The LifeCare® suite of solutions allows employers to choose from the industry’s most comprehensive offering, integrate subsidized backup care, provide members with a rich online and telephonic experience, and access LifeMartSM discount shopping, while increasing employee satisfaction and loyalty.

Standalone backup care programs are less effective than fully integrated programs because they address a single cause of employee absenteeism rather than taking a holistic approach to personal productivity. Likewise, employees value broad choice from large networks of providers, especially those that can include friends and family.

“The same employee who scrambles today to find backup care for a loved one will likely face other issues, including long term child or elder care, legal, financial, educational and so on. When that employee can effectively deal with such issues in a single place — one that already knows him or her — the employee becomes more productive and more loyal to his or her employer,” said Peter G. Burki, LifeCare® founder and chairman. “Our personal productivity and employee loyalty solutions address an employee’s entire daily experience by connecting them with the help they need to quickly deal with issues and still be able to go to work.”

LifeMartSM is one of the largest online discount shopping platforms focused on the employee loyalty market. It is the only such platform that is customizable at the client level and fully-integrated with the leading productivity solutions platform.

About LifeCare, Inc.
LifeCare®, Inc. is the global leader in personal productivity solutions, serving over 1,900 public and private sector employers and 20 million members worldwide. LifeCare© improves employee productivity and loyalty by matching members with high-quality solutions and service providers and providing access to LifeMartSM, a leading members-only, employer-sponsored online discount shopping destination. LifeCare’s proven solutions help employers improve absenteeism, presenteeism and job satisfaction while helping members meet life’s most important needs. Founded in 1984, LifeCare is a privately-held, owner-operated company headquartered in Shelton, CT. For more information, visit

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