Senior care business fares well in franchise rankings

A Western Colorado business offering in-home care services to seniors and others is part of a franchise that’s fared well in a national magazine ranking.

Comfort Keepers placed first in the senior care category and 59th overall in the Franchise 500 rankings for 2013 published in Entrepreneur Magazine.

Benjamin and Ora Lee, owners of Comfort Keepers in Grand Junction and Montrose, said they’re pleased with the recognition.

Ora Lee added, however: “Ultimately, it is what we do each and every day that matters most. We help seniors to live independently within the comfort of their own homes.”

The Franchise 500 rankings are based on financial strength and stability, growth and the size of the franchises.

The latest rankings show that many of the most competitive franchise operations target specific demographics. The growing population of seniors nationally makes that demographic one of the most sought after in the United States.

Since its founding in 1998, Comfort Keepers has grown to more than 700 franchised locations around the world.

In 2009, the operation was purchased by Sodexo, a leading food and facilities management services company.

Comfort Keepers opened in Grand Junction in 2004 with an owner and single caregiver.

The business now employs more than 100 caregivers providing a total of more than 5,000 hours of services each month. Locations in Grand Junction and Montrose now serve clients in Mesa and Montrose counties as well as Delta, Ouray and Garfield counties.

For more information about Comfort Keepers in Western Colorado, call 241-8818. Information also is available by visiting the website located at