Prevention is better than cure: how health assessments can help employers to support older employees

Injuries and illness happen; it’s simply a fact of life. Knowing your physical health inside and out can be a daunting thought for many – but it goes without saying that the older generation are more prone to health issues.

Employers may feel at a loss as to how to support the health of their more mature workforce when, in fact, the solution could well be staring them in the face.

By providing discounted and accessible health assessments as a voluntary benefit, employers are enabling older employees to regain control of their health:

  • They can determine if they’re at higher risk of a health problem

An example would be a diabetes type 2 risk assessment. Adults aged over 40 are recommended to have an assessment every three years to monitor the risk of developing type 2 diabetes.

  • They can recognise early warning signs

By recognising and understanding symptoms, you reduce the risk of developing a condition and its complications. Early detection of health issues also means a potentially more effective treatment.

  • Make lifestyle changes

Most health assessments will be accompanied by lifestyle advice from your healthcare practitioner. In this way, it’s easier for employees to develop long-lasting healthy habits which they can have assessed on a regular basis.

A key aspect when choosing a benefits supplier should be the coverage and choice which is offered. Also, by providing health assessments as a voluntary benefit, you’re empowering employees to choose the most suitable and convenient one for them.

Encouraging older employees to have a health assessment will support and motivate them to achieve a better level of health and fitness.

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As a result of the peace of mind which comes from understanding their state of health, employees will have improved mental wellbeing, boosting their productivity at work.

As an employer, you can take comfort from knowing you’re striving to support the health of members of your older workforce.