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History

Starting the In-Home Care Service

The Comfort Keepers® story began in 1997 when Kris Clum, a registered nurse working in home health care, discovered first hand the need for someone to assist her patients with their non-medical needs. As a nurse, she was allowed only to tend to their medical, or skilled care, needs.

Sometimes her patients would request something as simple as having a loaf of bread or milk delivered—or to have someone spend just a few minutes in conversation to brighten their day.

Kris and her entrepreneurial husband, Jerry Clum Jr., knew they could provide a solution.

Today, that solution is known as Comfort Keepers. Comfort Keepers provides non-medical, in-home care services to thousands of people by way of more than 610 franchised offices in the United States, Canada, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand and Singapore.

The Comfort Keepers franchise system is comprised of a network of caring individuals committed to providing comforting care solutions that enable the aged and others to live safely, happily and independently at home.

Many of our current location owners came to Comfort Keepers as a result of their own experiences of caring for a loved one and discovering the tremendous difference that in-home care makes in the quality of a senior’s life.