Guardian and Wellthy launch new partnership

Guardian and caregiving support company Wellthy announced a new effort to help provide caregiver support services to Guardian members with employer-provided disability insurance benefits.

With this partnership, Guardian becomes “the first carrier” to include caregiving support services in an employer-provided disability insurance policy. Initially offered to new members, individuals who are caregivers or require their own care can use Wellthy’s services at every stage of their care journey, regardless of whether they are caring for themselves, their spouse, children, parents, or a member of their chosen family. Available support services for members include access to a caregiving concierge, digital planning tools, and the Wellthy Community, an online peer-to-peer space for family caregivers to connect and exchange knowledge.

Founded in 2014, Wellthy has raised nearly $80 million in funding. The company has helped caregivers with more than 130k care-related projects, ranging from providing conversation guides to use with loved ones to vetting potential residential facilities and finding specialist services. All care-related projects are supported by Wellthy’s team of care experts comprised of social workers, nurses, mental health specialists, and social service professionals.

Guardian isn’t Wellthy’s first insurance partner – the company also partnered with New York Life and Prudential.

“Among members and our own colleagues alike, we’re increasingly seeing that more are taking on caregiving responsibilities, often prioritizing those they are caring for over their own well-being. While providing care is a noble act, it’s having real well-being consequences and ultimately impacting workplace productivity. Our study found that close to half of all caregivers report low well-being—32% more than non-caregivers. Our commitment to supporting wellness is ironclad and we’re exploring a variety of partnerships, services, and offerings to inspire member well-being. As we do so, addressing the burden faced by caregivers is one of the most meaningful ways we can help make progress against that commitment.” – Matt Darula, Head of Product and Digital Offerings at Guardian.

“Family caregivers are unsung heroes, waking up every day and taking on responsibilities related to an ever-growing spectrum of care. Caring for loved ones is fundamentally one of the most human things we do, and yet the complexities, stress, anxiety, and fragmentation of navigating care today causes major disruption in the lives of working caregivers. Our partnership with Guardian is a significant step forward in providing comprehensive support to caregivers in our workforce, helping ensure they have the resources and guidance they need to thrive both at work and at home.” – Lindsay Jurist-Rosner, CEO and Co-Founder of Wellthy.