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10 09, 2020

Comfort Keepers® ‘Steps’ Up― Sets $100,000 Fundraising Goal As National Team In Alzheimer’s Association 2020 Walk To End Alzheimer’s®

2020-09-10T01:05:36-04:00September 10th, 2020|Tags: , , , , |

Virtual Opening and Promise Flower Ceremony Followed by Team Walk in Irvine on Sept. 26th to Raise Funds and Awareness for Disease that Touches Many Clients and Their Families.

IRVINE, Calif. — Comfort Keepers®, a leading franchise network in the in-home care market for seniors and other adults needing care, continues its participation in the Alzheimer’s Association Walk to End Alzheimer’s® on Saturday, Sept. 26, 2020. As a National Silver Team, Comfort Keepers has more than 100 local teams across the United States participating in this year’s nationwide walks. The Irvine team will join in a virtual Walk Opening and Promise Garden Ceremony on Irvine’s Walk Day, September 26th, by logging in at 8:00 a.m. to the Irvine, CA Walk Mainstage, the event’s interactive online experience. From there, participants and spectators can livestream the Opening and Promise Garden Ceremony in their local markets. Following the opening ceremony, participants can walk in their neighborhoods, connect with their teams via the Walk App, follow a virtual path in their neighborhood and share pictures with team members.

“Approximately 28 percent of the tens of thousands of seniors Comfort Keepers helps suffer from various forms of dementia or Alzheimer’s,” said Carl McManus, CEO, Comfort Keepers. “This is a cause that is very close to us, our franchisees, our caregivers, our clients and their families. We are proud to help raise awareness and funds for the Alzheimer’s Association care, support and research programs through our participation. We have raised more than $430,000 in our past five years as a National Team and expect to pass the half million-dollar mark in our sixth year with this year’s walk.”

This year, Comfort Keepers is recognized as one of the 51 National teams and will be walking all over the US with the goal of raising $100,000. Comfort Keepers has approximately 101 teams participating in the events across the U.S. through November. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Alzheimer’s Association Walk is ‘everywhere this year’ and is encouraging participants to walk as individuals or in small groups on sidewalks, tracks and trails. Comfort Keepers local teams will be following additional safety precautions including wearing masks, social distancing and using sanitization products to protect themselves, their clients and their community.

“We are grateful to Comfort Keepers for this year’s commitment as a National Silver Team and their past contributions to the Walk to End Alzheimer’s,” said Lynda Collins, Director of Constituent Event Partnerships for the Alzheimer’s Association. “With the support of Comfort Keepers’ network of local teams across the country, it brings more awareness to our cause. We applaud their commitment to keeping seniors’ minds and bodies active and engaged –providing a great synergy between our mission and their work.”

More than 5 million Americans are living with Alzheimer’s disease – the sixth-leading cause of death in the United States. Additionally, more than 16 million family members and friends provide care to people living with Alzheimer’s and other dementias. As a long-term partner, Comfort Keepers helps support the Alzheimer’s Association’s care and research initiatives and is dedicated to increasing Alzheimer’s awareness in communities nationwide. You can learn more about Alzheimer’s disease and the Alzheimer’s Association by visiting www.alz.org. You can support your local Comfort Keepers’ Walk to End Alzheimer’s team at www.alz.org/comfortkeepers.

Alzheimer’s Association Walk to End Alzheimer’s®
The Alzheimer’s Association Walk to End Alzheimer’s is the world’s largest event to raise awareness and funds for Alzheimer’s care, support and research. Since 1989, the Alzheimer’s Association mobilized millions of Americans in the Alzheimer’s Association Memory Walk®; now the Alzheimer’s Association is continuing to lead the way with Walk to End Alzheimer’s. Together, we can end Alzheimer’s.

Alzheimer’s Association®
The Alzheimer’s Association is a worldwide voluntary health organization dedicated to Alzheimer’s care, support and research. Its mission is to lead the way to end Alzheimer’s and all other dementia — by accelerating global research, driving risk reduction and early detection, and maximizing quality care and support. Visit alz.org or call 800.272.3900.

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About Comfort Keepers®

Comfort Keepers® is a leading franchise network in the in-home care market for seniors and other adults needing care. Since its founding in 1998, the network has grown to more than 600 franchised locations around the world by staying true to the founders’ goal of providing quality, caring in-home care services that allow clients the opportunity to age in place. In August of 2009, the brand was strengthened when the franchisor, CK Franchising, Inc. was purchased by Sodexo, a global leader that delivers Quality of Life services to over 75 million consumers in 80 countries each day. In addition to providing services that focus on health care and senior markets, Sodexo’s integrated offerings encompass more than 45 years of experience in reception, safety, maintenance and cleaning, foodservices, facilities and equipment management, and concierge services. For more information, visit ComfortKeepers.com.

10 06, 2020

Comfort Keepers Celebrates 2nd Annual National Day Of Joy; Releases Survey That Finds 9 In 10 Americans Believe The World Needs More Joy

2020-06-10T12:19:11-04:00June 10th, 2020|Tags: , , , |

Leading In-Home Care Provider Places Priority on Finding Joy and Sharing with Others, Reinforcing Relevance in Light of Global Pandemic.

IRVINE, Calif. — Comfort Keepers®, a market-leading provider of uplifting home care for seniors and adults who need assistance, today announced that it will celebrate its second annual National Day of Joy on June 24, 2020. The National Day of Joy, which takes place every year on the last Wednesday in June, was established by Comfort Keepers in 2019 to help inspire and encourage people to experience joy and share it with others; an action that has become more meaningful in the current COVID-19 environment.

“The global health crisis we’re experiencing has, in many cases, had a profoundly negative impact on many people who are living in isolation, away from family and friends and unable to participate in their usual activities,” Carl McManus, Chief Executive Officer, Comfort Keepers, North America. “While Comfort Keepers established the National Day of Joy in 2019 to help people find happiness in everyday moments regardless of what may be happening in the world, its existence has been particularly meaningful this year. Taking time to identify and acknowledge the positive elements of our daily lives that bring joy is an important way to improve our physical and emotional health as well as overall well-being.”

Finding the silver lining in any situation can have a positive mental health impact. Laughter, in particular, has been shown to mitigate the negative effects of stress, improve mood, curb anxiety and depression and in some cases, help relieve pain.i

Prior to the COVID-19 crisis, Americans were already on the quest to find joy, peace and balance in their busy lives, in an effort to improve mental health. Simple, sometimes mundane activities have become increasingly more meaningful in today’s setting, as more people are spending a greater amount of time at home, away from the office, their commute or the grind of their everyday lives. In fact, according to a national survey, reading, taking walks and spending time at home with family– have risen to the top of the list of activities that bring the most joy that people want to continue post-COVID-19.

And while these ‘simple pleasures’ are bringing many people joy, the majority are participating in these activities alone. With social distancing mandated across most of the country, most older Americans have not been able to see their loved ones in person. A national survey found that more than half (57%) of all people aged 65+ have missed hugs from a loved one since being in quarantine. This has also been difficult for the “sandwich generation” – a group of people who are tasked with caring for their aging parents as well as their own younger children. This has made caregiving services, like Comfort Keepers, even more critical during this time. On the National Day of Joy — and everyday after that – the sandwich generation is comforted by the fact that even if they cannot visit or spend time with their loved ones, they are in good hands with a qualified Comfort Keeper caregiver.

National 2020 ‘State of Joy’ Survey
Each year, as part of the National Day of Joy, Comfort Keepers conducts a survey that polls Americans on their perspectives about joy, including specific activities that bring them happiness, evolving attitudes about joy in light of current events as well as overall opinions about the state of joy in the world. The survey was conducted from May 5-11 and polled 2,000 Americans; 1,000 of those surveyed were 30+ years of age with at least one living parent, and 1,000 were people aged 65+. Highlights from the survey are outlined below:

The World Needs More Joy

  • Ninety percent (90%) of people surveyed agree that “the world needs more joy.”
  • Eighty-five (85%) percent agree that finding joy is more important now more than ever.
  • Eight in ten agree that the world doesn’t seem to have as much joy as it used to.
  • Simple Activities Bring the Most Joy
  • Sixty-one percent (61%) responded that family dinners brought them the most joy. This was followed by:
    • Time spent outside (60%)
    • Watching a favorite TV or movie (58%)
    • Receiving a hug from a friend or loved one (58%)
    • Listening to favorite song (65%)

Joyful Activities Have Changed Since COVID-19

  • Many individuals are enjoying certain activities now that they did not have time to do before COVID-19, including:
    • Spending time with family (33%)
    • Reading (32%)
    • Taking walks (28%
  • Almost three-quarters (72%) agree that technology has brought them a lot of joy during the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • And while most surveyed wish to spend time with their family and friends in person after COVID-19, 37% agree that they will continue to video-chat with loved ones after the quarantine is over.

“The current environment has changed the way most of us live, work, play and experience joy,” said McManus. “Many seniors – particularly those who live alone – have had to change their routines to ensure they are able to stay connected with friends and loved ones and get the practical, day-to-day help they need, like obtaining medications, shopping for groceries, cooking meals or housework. Finding happiness and joy in the evolving world we’re living in is particularly important for a person’s health and wellness.”

Comfort Keepers prides itself on approaching caregiving differently. Rather than focusing on what individuals may be losing by hiring a caregiver, Comfort Keepers aims to change this mindset by concentrating on the freedom, and the joyful moments and experiences clients are gaining through caregiver relationships.

The National Day of Joy is being celebrated in more than 100 locations where Comfort Keepers has a presence and will include both virtual and local celebrations and various social media extensions. To participate in the National Day of Joy, do something that makes you happy, and share your activity on social media using #DayofJoy. For more information about the National Day of Joy and Comfort Keepers services, visit www.ComfortKeepers.com.

About Comfort Keepers® 

For more than two decades, Comfort Keepers® has been Elevating the Human SpiritSM through its in-home care network for seniors and other adults by empowering them to maintain their independence and realize joy in the everyday moments. Comfort Keepers is a division of Sodexo, the global leader in services that improve Quality of Life. Sodexo serves 100 million consumers each day in 67 countries, through its unique combination of On-site Services, Benefits and Rewards Services and Personal and Home Services. Comfort Keepers operates a franchise network that has grown to more than 700 locations around the world. In addition to providing services that focus on health care and senior markets, Sodexo’s integrated offerings encompass more than 45 years of experience in reception, safety, maintenance and cleaning, foodservices, facilities and equipment management, and concierge services. For more information, visit ComfortKeepers.com.

3 03, 2020

Comfort Keepers® Awarded “America’s Best Customer Service” By Newsweek

2020-03-03T12:42:56-05:00March 3rd, 2020|Tags: , , , |

Comfort Keepers Celebrates More than 20 Years Providing Outstanding Customer Service, Support and Joy to Families Needing In-Home Care.

IRVINE, Calif. — With decades of experience providing unparalleled in-home care to clients and their families nationwide, Comfort Keepers® has been recognized by Newsweek as “America’s Best Customer Service” in the category of Home Care Services for Seniors and Disabled. With one of the largest network of caregivers across the county, Comfort Keepers has been named to Newsweek’s Best Customer Service list two years in a row since the award’s inception.

The Comfort Keepers approach to customer service and in-home care is to find ways to inspire joy and hope among all of its clients and their families – helping to make their lives brighter, safer and more enjoyable from the comfort of home. As a result, the Comfort Keepers caregiver network has found ways to provide seniors or those with declining health with the opportunity to live happy, fulfilling and independent lives. This positive approach to caregiving can help transform a life for the better, create a lasting friendship and ultimately elevate a human spirit.

“We are so honored to be named on the prestigious 2020 Newsweek List for ‘America’s Best Customer Service’, said Carl McManus, CEO, Comfort Keepers North America. “When your business is touching the lives and hearts of so many people, service always has to be the first priority each and every day. We have a commitment to our clients to deliver quality care in a way that inspires joy and enrichment, while also delivering a promise to families that their loved ones are cared for properly in the safety of their own home.”

The Newsweek America’s Best Customer Service ranking is based on an independent survey from a sample of more than 20,000 U.S. customers who have either made a purchase, used a service or gathered information about a product or service in the last three years. The criteria that these customers rate includes: quality of communication, technical competence, range of services, customer focus and accessibility. For more information, visit: https://www.newsweek.com/americas-best-customer-service-2020.

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About Comfort Keepers® 

For more than two decades, Comfort Keepers® has been Elevating the Human SpiritSM through its in-home care network for seniors and other adults by empowering them to maintain their independence and realize joy in the everyday moments. A division of Sodexo, a global leader that delivers Quality of Life services to over 75 million consumers in 80 countries each day, Comfort Keepers operates a franchise network that has grown to more than 700 locations around the world. In addition to providing services that focus on health care and senior markets, Sodexo’s integrated offerings encompass more than 45 years of experience in reception, safety, maintenance and cleaning, foodservices, facilities and equipment management, and concierge services. For more information, visit ComfortKeepers.com.