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In the various roles he has undertaken through the years, Val J. Halamandaris has been a singular driving force behind the policy and program initiatives resulting in the recognition of home health care as a viable alternative to institutionalization. His dedication to consumer advocacy, which enhances the quality of life and dignity of those receiving home health care, merits VNA HealthCare Group’s highest recognition and deepest respect. 

VNA HealthCare Group

I have the highest respect for them, especially for the nurses, aides and therapists, who devote their lives to caring for people with disabilities, the infirm and dying Americans.  There are few more noble professions.

President Barack Obama

Home health care agencies do such a wonderful job in this country helping people to be able to remain at home and allowing them to receive services

U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) Chair, Democratic Steering and Outreach Committee

Heath care at home…is something we need more of, not less of.  Let us make a commitment to preventive and long-term care.  Let us encourage home care as an alternative to nursing homes and give folks a little help to have their parents there.

Former President Bill Clinton

Home care is a combination of compassion and efficiency.  It is less expensive than institutional care...but at the same time it is a more caring, human, intimate experience, and therefore it has a greater human’s a big mistake not to try to maximize it and find ways to give people the home care option over either nursing homes, hospitals or other institutions

Former Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives Newt Gingrich (R-GA)

Medicaid covers long-term care, but only for low-income families.  And Medicare only pays for care that is connected to a hospital discharge....our health care system must cover these vital services...[and] we should promote home-based care, which most people prefer, instead of the institutional care that we emphasize now.

Former U.S. Senator Majority Leader Tom Daschle (D-CD)

We need incentives to...keep people in home health care settings...It’s dramatically less expensive than long term care.

U.S. Senator John McCain (R-AZ)


Home care is clearly the wave of the future. It’s clearly where patients want to be cared for. I come from an ethnic family and when a member of our family is severely ill, we would never consider taking them to get institutional care. That’s true of many families for both cultural and financial reasons. If patients have a choice of where they want to be cared for, where it’s done the right way, they choose home.

Donna Shalala, former Secretary of Health and Human Services

A couple of years ago, I spent a little bit of time with the National Association for Home Care & Hospice and its president, Val J. Halamandaris, and I was just blown away. What impressed me so much was that they talked about what they do as opposed to just the strategies of how to deal with Washington or Sacramento or Albany or whatever the case may be. Val is a fanatic about care, and it comes through in every way known to mankind. It comes through in the speakers he invites to their events; it comes through in all the stuff he shares.

Tom Peters, author of In Search of Excellence

Val’s home care organization brings thousands of caregivers together into a dynamic organization that provides them with valuable resources and tools to be even better in their important work. He helps them build self-esteem, which leads to self-motivation.

Mike Vance, former Dean of Disney and author of Think Out of the Box

Val is one of the greatest advocates for seniors in America. He goes beyond the call of duty every time.

Arthur S. Flemming, former Secretary of Health, Education, and Welfare

Val has brought the problems, the challenges, and the opportunities out in the open for everyone to look at. He is a visionary pointing the direction for us. 

Margaret (Peg) Cushman, Professor of Nursing and former President of the Visiting Nurses Association

Although Val has chosen to stay in the background, he deserves much of the credit for what was accomplished both at the U.S. Senate Special Committee on Aging, where he was closely associated with me and at the House Select Committee on Aging, where he was Congressman Claude Pepper’s senior counsel and closest advisor. He put together more hearings on the subject of aging, wrote more reports, drafted more bills, and had more influence on the direction of events than anyone before him or since.

Frank E. Moss, former U.S. Senator

Val’s most important contribution is pulling together all elements of home health care and being able to organize and energize the people involved in the industry.

Frank E. Moss, former U.S. Senator

Anyone working on health care issues in Congress knows the name Val J. Halamandaris.

Kathleen Gardner Cravedi, former Staff Director of the House Select Committee on Aging

Without your untiring support and active participation, the voices of people advocating meaningful and compassionate health care reform may not have been heard by national leaders.

Michael Sullivan, Former Executive Director, Indiana Association for Home Care

All of us have been members of many organizations and NAHC is simply the best there is. NAHC aspires to excellence in every respect; its staff has been repeatedly honored as the best in Washington; the organization lives by the highest values and has demonstrated a passionate interest in the well-being of patients and providers.

Elaine Stephens, Director of Home Care of Steward Home Care/Steward Health Systems and former NAHC C

Home care increasingly is one of the basic building blocks in the developing system of long-term care.  On both economic and recuperative bases, home health care will continue to grow as an essential service for individuals, for families and for the community as a whole.

Former U.S. Senator Olympia Snowe (R-ME)

NCOA is excited to be part of this great event and honored to have such influential award winners in the field of aging.

National Council of Aging

Nurse Recognition Program Deadline Extended to April 8, 2013

Nurse of Year Receives Free Trip to NAHC Annual Meeting & Apple iPad
March 27, 2013 03:51 PM

NAHC has extended the deadline to submit nominations to the Nurse Recognition Program to Monday, April 8, 2013.  Each of the 50 state winners will receive a free registration to the NAHC Annual Meeting & Exposition in Washington, DC, and will be featured in the May issue of Caring.

At the recent March on Washington | Private Duty Home Care Conference & Exposition Senate Breakfast on Tuesday, March 19, more than half a dozen senators praised the work and care of home care and hospice nurses saying that it is, “the work that you do every day” that is the reason why home care has such broad, bipartisan support on Capitol Hill.

Now is the time to nominate an outstanding nurse from your state for the Home Healthcare Nurses Association (HHNA) Nurse Recognition Program!

Agencies may nominate any registered nurse to represent their state for 2013.  Nominations will be reviewed by the Nurse Recognition Program Selection Committee and one nurse will be recognized from each state.

To be eligible,the nominee must be a registered nurse currently employed by a home care or hospice agency who is a member of the National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC).  Agencies may fill out the online nomination form on the NAHC or HHNA websites.  All entries will also need a high-resolution photo of both the nurse and a patient and a photo release signed by each person in the photo.  Nominated nurses must provide care to the patient described in the required nomination application essay and pictured in the entry photo. 

To honor the occasion, CARING will announce the selected nurses from all 50 states as part of NAHC’s efforts to celebrate National Nurses Month in May.  The May issue will feature these real-life stories of home care and hospice nurses, along with the patients to whom they give care and support.  Nurses featured in the May issue will automatically be nominated for the NAHC Home Care and Hospice Nurse of the Year Award. 

The Nurse of the Year will be announced at the 2013 NAHC Annual Meeting & Exposition and will receive a free trip to the Annual Meeting and an Apple iPad.

Telling these stories is a powerful way of putting a personal face on the value of home care and hospice - and the important impact home care and hospice has on individuals every single day. This is also a good opportunity to get your agency the attention it deserves by contributing a story of your own.

To see examples of stories from previous issues of CARING, you can click here.

To fill out the online nomination form click here.

The deadline for submission: April 8, 2013.




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