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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

White House Conference on Aging Addresses Issues Facing Aging Americans

President Obama Speaks About Growing Importance of Home Care
July 14, 2015 10:09 AM

The White House Conference on Aging was held on Monday, July 13, in Washington, D.C. Once every decade, the Executive Office of the President hosts the Conference on Aging in order to address issues facing aging Americans. The 2015 White House Conference on Aging (WHCOA) focused on a variety of issue areas affecting older Americans including home and community-based care, technology, innovation, caregiver support, elder abuse, financial security, and retirement.

In his address, President Obama said that “ensuring we have enough home care workers” is part of the solution to the challenges of caring for a growing senior population and seeing that “every American has the resources and support to thrive.” He used the example of his grandmother, a “fiercely independent woman,” who chose to live at home after his grandfather passed away. He said, “Medicare and Social Security allowed her to make that choice” to stay in her home.

Today, he said, our nation faces the challenges of “dealing with the rising costs of an aging generation, ensuring we have enough home care workers looking out for our family members, maximizing the contributions that older Americans can make to our country.”

“These challenges are just becoming more urgent and here’s why,” he said. “When we won World War II, everyone came home and had babies. I mean, not literally everyone but a lot of people had babies. And now each and every day, 10,000 of those babies turn 65 years old. So, more than 250,000 Americans turn 65 every month. They’re living longer and they’re living healthier.”

Obama said his administration has focused on improving home and community-based care and is committed to do so in the future. “We’ve expanded the options for home and community-based services offered by Medicaid, which means that more older Americans are able to make the same choice my grandmother did and live independently.”

In conjunction with the Conference, the White House also released a series of actions addressing issues affecting aging Americans. Some of the announced actions relevant to home and community-based care include:

  • U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development released a guide for home care patients and caregivers to make home improvements.   
  • U.S. Department of Transportation will launch the National Aging and Disability Transportation Center in fall 2015, providing $2.5 million to improve the “availability and accessibility of transportation options that serve the needs of people with disabilities, seniors and caregivers.”   
  • U.S. Department of Health and Human Services will issue a report, Long-term Care for Older Americans: Risks and Financing.
  • The Administration is launching “to provide older Americans, their families, friends, and other caregivers, a one-stop resource for government-wide information on helping older adults live independent and fulfilling lives.”
  • U.S. Department of Agriculture is proposing a rule to allow homebound, older Americans and people with disabilities used Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits to purchase food delivery services.
  • A number of federally-funded training programs to improve the care of the homebound and elderly.

In addition the Administration announced a series of private sector actions including: “Honor, a tech-enabled company that matches seniors with care professionals, will offer $1 million in free home care across 10 cities in the country and work with established care providing organizations in those communities to ensure this care goes to helping older Americans.” Home Depot also released a “tip sheet and ‘how to’ video highlighting simple home modification steps to help individuals age in place.”

The National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) in coordination with the Leadership Council of Aging Organizations (LCAO) submitted recommendations to the Administration for topics to include in the WHCOA discussion. To see the recommendations LCAO and NAHC submitted, please click here.

For more information about the 2015 White House Conference on Aging, please click here.




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