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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

NAHC Offers Complementary Financial Education and Advice from Edelman Financial Services

April 14, 2015 08:34 AM

The National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) is offering complementary financial education and advice through an exclusive video with Ric Edelman, CEO and Chairman of Edelman Financial Services LLC.  In the video, Edelman—an acclaimed financial advisor, bestselling author and award-winning radio talk-show host—answers common questions related to the topic of Financial Planning and Investments.

Edelman educates his audience about how to define their financial goals and dreams.  He argues that it is necessary to identify a dream and turn it into a specific goal in order to achieve it.  Edelman also provides advice about: where to best invest long-term savings; how to best build cash reserves by selecting the right kind of account; and how to protect against money’s “silent killer,” inflation.  Edelman provides an example helps a man who recently downsized his home invest the extra cash for retirement.

The video addresses the reality that not all financial advisors serve their clients’ best interests.  In order to educate NAHC members about what types of financial advisors to seek out and what types to avoid, Edelman explains the different types of advisors and how they are paid.  Finally, Edelman explains what to do when the market crashes by answering a caller’s question about whether to cash in or wait it out.

Click here to view the video today.

Edelman has distinguished himself among financial advisors for his focus on helping people, rather than merely profits.  “Ric is an exception because his focus is on service, with an eye more on Main Street than on Wall Street,” NAHC President Val J. Halamandaris stated last year in a CARING Magazine interview with Edelman.  “Ric has used his tremendous success to help others succeed, too.”  Halamandaris praised Edelman’s service including his “particular affinity for nurses, especially home care and hospice nurses.”

“It’s difficult to be a nurse, especially a nurse who works in hospice or home care,” Edelman said during the interview with Halamandaris.  “They are dealing with chronic illness and people who are near the end of life.  All this is a natural part of the aging process, but the level of care that is required—not just the physical support but also the emotional support that they must offer—can be extraordinarily draining for nurses.  It should, therefore, be no surprise for us to learn about nurses who give their all to their patients, and have nothing left for themselves.”

Edelman Financial Services is one of NAHC’s affinity partners, which are partnerships that benefit NAHC members through group purchasing agreements, discounts, special deals, and other important services.  The partnership with Edelman Financial Services provides all NAHC members with access to vital financial education and personal financial advice.

About Ric Edelman: Ric Edelman is Chairman and CEO of Edelman Financial Services LLC, a Registered Investment Advisor, and CEO, President and a Director of Pinnacle Summer Investments, Inc.  He is an Investment Advisor Representative who offers advisory services through EFS and a Registered Principal of (and offers securities through) Sanders Morris Harris Inc., an affiliated broker/dealer, member FINRA/SIPC.

About NAHC’s Affinity Program with Edelman Financial Services: Advisory Services offered through Edelman Financial Services LLC. Securities offered through Sanders Morris Harris Inc., an affiliated broker/dealer, member FINRA/SIPC.

You can read more about NAHC’s Affinity Programs here.

Click here to view the video today.




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