Our Home Care Agencies Story
In 1998, Comfort Keepers was established in by Kris Butler, a registered home nurse. Kris regularly tended to patients who required more than medical attention. She noted that her clients often valued companionship above all else and requested small favors to improve their quality of life. Because of Kris’s role, she could not satisfy their simple asks, whether it was to do laundry, help with transportation, or just spend time over a puzzle. She saw an opening to do something that other home care agencies weren't doing.
Kris recognized the emotional struggles of senior patients and saw an opportunity to help. She wanted to provide a solution, but the first step was to pick a name. She brainstormed with her husband, Jerry, and their young children to find a phrase that captured the emotion and sentiment of their future business. Ultimately, their daughter suggested “Comfort Keepers” based on the company’s goal: to keep clients comfortably within their own homes as an alternative to expensive nursing facilities. And Comfort Keepers was born!
Kris’s expertise and passion have allowed the company to flourish from an American dream to 700+ home care agencies worldwide. In 2009, the brand was strengthened by the purchase of the franchisor, CK Franchising, Inc., by Sodexo, one of the world's leading food and facilities management services companies and the global leader in the health care and seniors markets.
Today, Comfort Keepers is available in 12 countries through independently owned and operated locations that make a difference in the lives of seniors and adults with disabilities in their community.
Despite Comfort Keepers' size, we are as committed to quality as when Kris started the organization over twenty years ago. We achieve our high standards by recruiting the best talent, cultivating a compassionate culture, and identifying ways to leverage new technology that improves our clients’ lives.
Our quality and dedication to our mission are honored by industry leaders among home care agencies. We are consistently recognized as a leader in senior home care, including right here in Sioux Falls, SD.
- Extraordinary Achievement, Franchise Satisfaction (Franchise Research Institute): 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018
- Top 500 Franchises (Entrepreneur): 2015
- Circle of Excellence, National Business Research Institute (NBRI), 2018
- Endorsed National Provider by Home Care Pulse, 2016
Want to learn how Comfort Keepers Home Care can serve you or a loved one? Contact us today!