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why home options?

  • On call 24/7/365
  • No minimum hours - care when you need it
  • Specially trained & screened caregivers
  • Affordable rates & insurance accepted
  • Locally owned & operated
    Not a franchise
  • Experienced & compassionate
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About Us

Founded in 1998, Home Options, Inc. is locally owned and operated and one of the first privately owned (non-franchise), private home care agencies in the Birmingham area. We are proud of our reputation for being a pioneer in the safe care of the elderly and the local go-to source for geriatric resources and information for both the Birmingham community at large and in the professional arena.

Our Caregivers

Home Options, Inc. is committed to the safe care of clients and fully employs all caregivers, relieving clients of the risks associated with hiring through a registry or matchmaker service. When consumers hire caregivers that aren’t employed by an agency, the client essentially becomes the employer and is responsible for background checks, supervision, training, taxes, workers compensation, etc. As the employer of caregivers, Home Options, Inc. performs background checks, provides regular training and supervision and all caregivers are bonded and insured. Home Options, Inc. caregivers are educated specifically in caring for patients with dementia. We only recruit caregivers with experience. Just important are qualities such as friendliness, warmth, conscientiousness and dependability.

Our Trusted Caregivers’ Guidelines Include:

  • Screening process - criminal background check, reference checks, random drug screening
  • Required to attend 8 hours of orientation every year
  • Supervised - staffing supervisor can be reached 24 hours a day
  • Payroll taxes - paying the employee is our responsibility, not yours
  • Bonded and covered with workers compensation and liability insurance

Meet the Founder

Home Options, Inc. Founder, Christy Socol is passionate about senior related issues and the safe care of the homebound. After struggling with the care of her own elderly parents, Socol founded Home Options, Inc. because of a distinct need she saw for safe, reliable and high quality home care. Only able to find “sitter” services and home care registries which don’t maintain employment or supervision of caregivers, Socol was appalled with the lack of standards and the risks associated with the options available to seniors in Birmingham. Socol saw a need to create a company with high standards to serve those desiring to “age in place” at home.

As part of her commitment to providing safer options in home care, Socol is passionate about educating seniors and their families about the risks and responsibilities in home care. Since home care is not regulated in the state of Alabama and caregivers are not required to be licensed, Socol has committed herself to fighting for higher standards in home care and creating safer options for seniors.

Prior to founding Home Options, Inc., Socol worked in research at the University of Alabama. She holds a B.S. degree from Southern Adventist University. She is a member of the National Private Duty Association and is a Certified Senior Advisor. She presently serves on the Home Care Association of Alabama Board of Directors as the Ancillary Member Representative.