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The Choice Home Care Difference
Choice Home Care was founded by David Jernigan, a Birmingham native. In 2000, David started Carefirst Home Health and Hospice, which is now St. Vincents’ Home Health. Understanding the need for care beyond the home health option, David founded Choice Home Care. Choice is comprised of caring, compassionate staff who will strive to keep your loved one in their security and familiarity of home. Choice offers supportive services, personalized assistance and health care designed to help with activities of daily living.
We only hire qualified, experienced caregivers, selecting them personally so your loved one receives the best possible care. Since 2000 we have served Jefferson County and the greater Birmingham area with excellence in home care. Our selection and training process is stringent. We go through these processes to ensure the best care for your loved one:
- We qualify staff by drug screens, background checks, interviews and references
- We train our staff through courses set forth by the State of Alabama
- Our staff are trained by a Nurse Manager, and monitored by our professional management staff
- Our staff is trained in Alzheimer and dementia care
Susan Bertani joined the Choice Home Care team in September 2017. In her position as Director, she manages the day to day operations and enjoys working closely with the wonderful caregivers and clients. Prior to working at Choice Home Care, Susan was in the advertising sales and public relations industry. “My passion has always been to be of service to others. At Choice, our goal is to provide the best care for our clients. We strive to make a difference in the lives of our clients and their family members by easing the burden through outstanding patient care.”
Susan stays involved in her community as a volunteer/board member of a local food pantry and as a ministry leader with the angel tree program at her church. She and her husband are both originally from Chattanooga, TN and have lived in the Birmingham area for over 25 years. They have one son who they have enjoyed watching play football throughout his youth and into his college years. In her spare time, Susan enjoys hiking, traveling, and spending time with her family and their three dogs.
Katie Taylor, RN
Katie joined the Choice Home Care team as a nurse caregiver in August of 2019 and transitioned to the role of nurse manager in July of 2021. Her duties as nurse manager include training new caregivers, assisting in the recruitment and training of nurses, and brainstorming with our president and director to implement changes in our Private Duty Nursing program. She still enjoys her work as a nurse caregiver when she is not in the office and feels blessed to have the opportunity to contribute to both roles.
Before joining the Choice Home Care team, Katie was a NICU nurse of 10 years. She also has cardiac nursing experience and was even a CNA while finishing up nursing school. “I feel that my work as a CNA in a long-term care facility coupled with my NICU nursing experience puts me in a “full circle” position, as we care for pediatric clients with long term medical needs.” Katie is a 2005 graduate of Winfield City High School and received an Associate Degree of Nursing from Itawamba Community College in 2008.
Katie and her husband, Jason, are originally from Winfield. In their off time, they love spending time with their two girls, especially when outdoor adventures are involved! Their family enjoys kayaking, hiking, and geocaching. Katie is a homeschool teacher and co-op parent for her younger daughter. When it’s time to unplug and unwind, Katie’s favorite hobby is crocheting all kinds of yarn creations for her friends and family.
Staffing Office Assistant
Iris Bennett is the staffing assistant and has been with Choice since May 2003. She has developed many meaningful relationships over the years with the people she has worked with and has been a true asset to our company. She enjoys speaking with our wonderful clients and caregivers while assisting the staffing office with scheduling.
Iris also oversees the continuing education program and works with our after-hours team. When Iris is away from work, she enjoys listening to music, watching movies, spending time with her family, especially her precious great niece, Adrienne.
Crystal joined Choice Home Care in August of 2021 as the billing/payroll administrator.
She has over 20 years’ experience in this area. Her responsibilities include billing, payroll, and accounts payable.
She and her husband have been married for 18 years. They enjoy traveling, fishing, and spending time with family.
Crystal loves working at a faith forward company that makes such a positive impact on so many people’s daily lives.
Brandi Sandlin is the Staffing Coordinator for Choice Home Care, joining the team in March of 2017. Her responsibilities include scheduling, daily communications with caregivers and clients, and the hiring and orientation of our caregivers. She has 11 years of experience as a CNA and has been in Patient Care Management for over 9 years. As a team member of Choice Home Care, she enjoys being able to make a difference in the lives of the people we serve. “It is our purpose to show God’s love through what we do no matter how big or small it may be.” In Brandi’s spare time, she enjoys spending time with family and going on walks with her dog.
Katie Parker is a Nurse for Choice Home Care.