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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

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

Health 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

NAHC President Val J. Halamandaris Demonstrates Commitment to Aiding Victims of Child Abuse, Attends Childhelp National Day of Hope Event

Members of Congress, Prominent Activists, Advance Efforts to Prevent Child Abuse and Aid Victims
April 24, 2015 09:09 AM

Joining several members of Congress and other advocates, Val J. Halamandaris, President of the National Association for Home Care & Hospice, attended the Childhelp National Day of Hope Luncheon on Wednesday, April 22, at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C, as part of his dedication to aiding victims and preventing child abuse.

Each year, Childhelp observes April as Child Abuse Prevention Month and the first Wednesday of April as the National Day of Hope.  The luncheon recognizes the National Day of Hope and serves as a forum for lawmakers and advocates to discuss the best ways to address the needs of victims.

Childhelp is the nation’s leading nonprofit dedicated to aiding victims of child abuse.  The founders of Childhelp, Sara O'Meara and Yvonne Fedderson, have devoted their lives to leading the fight against child abuse.   They were nominated for a Nobel Peace prize as result of their efforts on behalf of children. As a result of Childhelp’s efforts, the number of Americans who recognize child abuse as a major problem has increased dramatically.  Childhelp also has an established hotline, staffed 24/7 by trained counselors: 1-800-4-A-CHILD.  In addition, the group’s leadership resulted in Federal legislation being enacted in 2006 to establish a national registry of those convicted of child abuse.

Senators John McCain and Dianne Feinstein were honorary co-chairs of the Childhelp National Day of Hope Luncheon.  Other members of Congress attending the event included: Senators Lamar Alexander (R-TN), Bob Corker (R-TN), Robert P. Casey, Jr., Jeff Flake (R-AZ), Richard Burr (R-NC), Edward J. Markey (D-MA), and Congresswoman Ann Wagner (R-MO).  The members of Congress discussed legislation they have sponsored to address and prevent child exploitation and abuse.  Childhelp’s 2015 Legislative Call to Action in support of federal legislation includes: the Stop Exploitation Through Trafficking Act (S. 166), introduced by Senator John McCain and Senator Amy Klobuchar; the Stop Advertising Victims Exploitation Act (H.R. 285), introduced by Congresswoman Ann Wagner; the Training Teachers to Recognize Child Abuse Act, to be introduced shortly by Senator Dianne Feinstein and Senator Roy Blunt; the Combat Human Trafficking Act of 2015 (S. 140), introduced by Diane Feinstein; and the Do Not Track Kids Act, to be introduced shortly by Senator Edward J. Markey.

During the event, Senator Casey commended Halamandaris on spending just as much of his time looking after abused children as he does with seniors with complex medical problems.

NAHC has a long-standing relationship with Childhelp and strongly supports efforts to aid victims of child abuse.  Halamandaris has served on Childhelp’s National Board.  He also chaired a concert honoring Childhelp on its 50th Anniversary.  In 2008, NAHC selected O’Meara and Feddersonto receive the humanitarian of the year award due to their commitment to helping children.  Most recently, Halamandaris is nominating O’Meara and Fedderson for the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest civilian honor.

“No organization more effectively advocates for children than Childhelp, and that’s a result of Sarah and Yvonne’s dedicated leadership,” said Halamandaris. “Our children represent not only our future but our present.  They deserve to be loved, respected, and supported.  Tragically, untold thousands every year are abused physically, sexually, or psychologically.  In the US, an average of five children die every day from abuse and thousands more are injured—much of which never comes to light.”

“Our great partnership with Childhelp is part of our dedication to caring for vulnerable individuals on both ends of the age spectrum,” said Halamandaris.  “As Hubert Humphrey once said, ‘the moral test of government is how that government treats those who are in the dawn of life, the children; those who are in the twilight of life, the elderly; and those who are in the shadows of life, the sick, the needy and the handicapped.’”

More information about the Childhelp National Day of Hope or other Childhelp programs and services is available here.




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