Alacare Home & Hospice is a dedicated center that provides patients palliative, nursing, hospice and rehabilitative care in a cost-effective home environment. They are the oldest home health agency, certified by Medicare. The team of the center is comprised of home care aides, nurses, occupational, physical and speech therapists, medical nutritionists, medical social workers and even chaplains. Charles D. Beard, Jr., founded the center in 1970. They are still owned and maintained by the members of Beard family. Birmingham Business Journal named them among Top 10 Best Places to Work for the sixth consecutive year in 2011. Alabama Business Magazine categorized them as the third Best Company for working.