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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

How Two Sisters are Using Origami to Raise Money for Water Wells

NAHC President Val J. Halamandaris Commends Isabelle and Katherine Adams for Helping People Stay in Their Homes by Providing Access to Water
April 29, 2015 09:01 AM

For nearly four years, Isabelle and Katherine Adams have been folding origami in order to help bring clean water to people around the world.  Their project, called Paper for Water (, raises money for wells across the world through donations they receive for their origami Christmas ornaments and decorations.

Val J. Halamandaris, the President of the National Association for Home Care & Hospice, sat down with Isabelle, 11, and Katherine, 9, last week to discuss Paper for Water.  The Caring Institute, an affiliate of NAHC, in 2013 awarded the sisters the Caring Youth Award for their efforts. 

One of NAHC’s guiding principles is to support people in their homes.  Halamandaris commended the sisters for, in their own way, helping people stay in their homes by providing access to water, which is one essential thing that everyone needs. 

“Our purpose is to bring clean water to people in third world countries who don’t have any,” said Isabelle, the older of the sisters.

So far, Paper for Water has raised nearly $650,000 and funded almost 70 wells in nine countries.  In addition, this year they are doing a project for people who do not have access to water in New Mexico.

Halamandaris applauded the sisters’ accomplishments so far and asked them to describe their goals for the project moving forward.  Both sisters emphasized the importance of setting higher goals, even if they might seem unachievable at first.  “We’ve gone way over our goals usually,” said Isabelle. “One year we raised $50,000 more than our goal.”

Katherine similarly said they don’t want to limit themselves by setting goals that are too low.  “If you set a goal higher than you think you can do, you’re probably going to do it,” she said.  That’s why she wants to aim high.  “My goal for the future is maybe to solve the world’s water crisis, and that would mean that everybody in the whole wide world has clean water.”

Halamandaris commended the girls for setting high goals and said he always adopts an “outrageous goal,” while in his own mind aiming to achieve two to three times more.  “When you shoot for the stars, occasionally you actually catch a star and certainly perform at a higher level,” he told the sisters.

In addition to their efforts with Paper for Water, the sisters said they manage to do well in school, even though it can be challenging to complete their homework.  The time they devote to Paper for Water does prevent them from participating in sports and other extra-curricular activities.

However, they have learned that helping people is very rewarding.  Isabelle said her favorite part about the project is seeing pictures of those who now have access to water as a result of their efforts.

“I love just seeing pictures of people who’ve gotten a well and how happy they are.  It’s just great – I love it,” Isabelle said.

The biggest lesson they have learned is that helping others makes one’s own life more fulfilling. “When you give a lot, you almost always get back more than you gave,” Isabelle said.

On this point, Halamandaris said he could not agree more.  “When you give to others, it comes back to you many, many times over.  That makes you happy and it certainly makes the people you’ve helped happy.”




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