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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

HHS Announces Falls Prevention Education Initiative and Funding

July 15, 2015 12:48 PM

In coordination with the White House Conference on Aging, the Administration announced a number of federal actions, as previously reported. Among the announced funding and programs were $4 million in new grants to address falls prevention, as well as a new Center for Disease and Control Prevention (CDC) initiative that enables health professionals to receive continuing education credits for completing falls prevention training. The STEADI (Stopping Elderly Accidents Deaths & Injuries) initiative is an effort to make “falls prevention a routine part of clinical care.”

According to a press release from the US Department of Health and Human Services: “STEADI uses established clinical guidelines and tested interventions designed to help health care providers address their older patient’s fall risk, identify modifiable risk factors, and offer effective interventions. To help integrate STEADI into clinical practice, CDC is releasing an online STEADI course offering free continuing education credits to physicians, nurses, certified health education specialists, certified public health professionals and other professionals. The training will be available on CDC TRAIN starting on July 13, 2015. Users can search the keyword ‘STEADI’ to launch the training after creating an account, or logging into an existing account.”

Falls represent the leading cause of injury and death for those over the age of 65. According to the CDC, the total cost of fall injuries for older Americans was estimated to be $28.2 billion in 2010.  By 2020, the annual direct and indirect cost of fall injuries was expected to reach $54.9 billion.

“People who are afraid of falling often limit their activities to avoid situations that might cause a fall,” said Assistant Secretary for Aging and Administrator for Community Living Kathy Greenlee. “But limiting activities can diminish physical fitness, which makes a fall more likely.”

“That’s why HHS experts have developed tools to help doctors assess the risk for their older patients, and for community organizations to reduce that risk through evidence-based falls prevention programs that build strength and improve balance,” she said.

In addition to this initiative, the Administration announced $4 million in HHS grants to fund prevention efforts in seven states for more than 18,000 older Americans over the next two years. The purpose of the grants, according to HHS, is to “increase participation in evidence-based community programs to reduce falls and falls risk, and also improve the programs’ long-term sustainability.”

The grant recipients include:

  • Dartmouth Center for Healthy Aging, Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center & Dartmouth-Hitchcock Health (ACO), N.H.
  • Wisconsin Institute for Healthy Aging, Wisc.
  • New York State Department of Health, N.Y.
  • The Oasis Institute, Mo.
  • New Jersey Department of Human Services, N.J.
  • Partners in Care Foundation, Calif.
  • United Way of Tarrant County, Texas

The National Association for Home Care & Hospice as part of the Falls Free Coalition Initiativehas called for a greater focus on falls prevention efforts including public outreach about the risks of this leading cause of injury and fatality for those over 65. Home care provides many seniors who suffer falls with high-quality, cost-effective treatment and support, allowing them to return to their homes and communities and remain independent as long as possible. Previous coverage of some of NAHC’s efforts to improve falls prevention is available here.

For more information about opportunities available under the CDC education initiative, STEADI, please click here. In addition to resources for health professionals, the STEADI initiative has also made available education materials for patients here




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