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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 Releases its 2014 Jobs Outlook

Elaine Stephens, RN, MPH, FHHC, NAHC’s Executive Vice President, quoted on nurses’ changing role in community health
September 29, 2014 11:01 AM, an online website for professional nurses, recently published it 2014 jobs outlook for the profession. NAHC’s Executive Vice President, Elaine Stephens, RN, MPH, FHHC, was quoted in the report discussing the changing role nurses play in the home and in community-based settings.

According to the report:

“Because they required so much autonomy, community settings were once seen as the sole province of experienced nurses. New graduates, the view held, would not have the confidence to take care of patients in their homes or supervise others in a long-term care setting. In long-term care, “we used to tell [new graduates], ‘Go to the hospital and work a year and then you can come back,’” Lori Gutierrez, BS, RN-C, DON-CLTC, CBN, a clinical development specialist with Chamberlain College of Nursing in Arizona and clinical educator with the American Association for Long Term Care Nursing, said. Now, she said, some hospitals are suggesting new grads get nursing experience somewhere else first. “It’s funny how the tables have turned.”

Healthcare reforms designed to keep patients out of the hospital are expected to create more growth in community healthcare settings. Home health is predicted to be the fastest growing segment of nurse employment, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, increasing 55% between 2010 and 2020.”

When it comes to mentoring and orientation, many home health agencies have started to offer such programs in order to attract qualified nurses, according to the article, which quoted Ms. Stephens:

“In the past 10 years, some home health agencies have added orientation and mentoring programs for new graduates, Elaine D. Stephens, RN, MPH, FHHC, executive vice president of the National Association for Home Care and Hospice, said. The Visiting Nurse Service of New York, which started its new grad program in 2000, offers a year-long paid internship that includes field-visits, shadowing and classroom work. Visiting Nurse Association of Boston began a residency program two years ago in partnership with a local nursing school.

As jobs shift to the community, more home health agencies will be considering similar programs, Stephens said. “We need nurses from all areas,” she said.”

The key findings of the report – across all settings for nurses – is that demand for skilled nurses will continue to rise, the setting will continue to shift away from the hospital to home and community-based settings and the roles nurses play will continue to change.

To read the full 2014 Jobs Outlook, please click here.





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