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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

Assume On-Demand, In-Home Services as the New Standard

May 9, 2015 08:31 AM

A number of new technology driven business platforms are providing greater access to in-home services to disabled and seniors customers who expect to age-in-place at home, in their community.  From Amazon to Uber, these and other companies are entering markets where more traditional private duty home care services companies have been operating, and offering them new completion. “With a renewed focus on aging-in-place and the development of electronic care plans for long-term services and supports (eLTSS), the disable and elderly will benefit greatly from the expansion of these technology enabled in-home services,” stated Richard Brennan, Executive Director of the Home Care Technology Association of America. 

One such startup that could alter the senior care landscape by offering on-demand in-home services is set to launch this month in Contra Costa County, California, then throughout the San Francisco Bay Area. The service, called Honor, is being compared to Uber, the smartphone app that enables people to request and automatically pay for car rides on an as-needed basis. Honor is the brainchild of Seth Sternberg who was co-founder and CEO of Meebo, an instant messaging and social networking service provider that Google acquired in 2012.

Honor is web-based service that matches home care providers with clients and to provide in-home monitoring so that family members can keep track of the care a loved one is receiving. Honor gives seniors what the company calls an Honor Frame, which lets them know who the caregiver is and when he or she is arriving. Caregivers are screened and matched to seniors based on their expertise, and families are shown who took care of their family and what activities they did, as well as how long the caregiver was at the home through a smartphone app.

While Honor specifically is a new model for home care, Sternberg believes the company might just be the tip of the iceberg when it comes to how technology can be harnessed to profoundly alter both the way older Americans secure and receive services and the way in which professional caregivers do their jobs and get paid.

Amazon also recently announced it was starting Amazon Home Services, which provides consumers with a list of vetted and insured professionals that provide home services to do things like mount a new television or make home repairs with scheduling and price quotes available through its checkout process. Amazon Marketplace already has 2.4 million offers from customers with over 700 kinds of services.

Uber, the San Francisco-based ride service company announced that it is expanding its transportation services specifically for the elderly and individuals living with disabilities as part of its UberACCESS and uberASSIST ride offerings. With UberASSIST, Uber has trained uberX partners on the necessary knowledge and safety requirements for those with accessibility needs. With UberACCESS, Uber is growing its wheelchair accessible vehicle supply, transforming disabled transit and allowing on demand pickups within minutes instead of days. The Uber app allows those needing an “extra hand or access to wheelchair accessible vehicles to request safe and reliable rides at the tap of a button,” Uber stated in its announcement of the new services available to San Diego, California residents.




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