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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

Private Duty Conference Spotlight: Education Session on Accreditation

December 11, 2015 12:02 PM

The National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) is holding the 2016 Private Duty Home Care Conference in Charleston, South Carolina, on February 1-2, 2016. NAHC Report is highlighting education sessions at the Private Duty Conference, including interviews with faculty and experts, as well as previews of the key takeaways that participants will gain.

The 2016 Private Duty Conference will include the education session, “Accreditation.” NAHC Report asked one of the faculty, Lucy Andrews, CEO of At Your Service Home Care in Northern California, to provide information about the key insights and value of the session.

“The private duty sector of home care is the fastest growing area of senior services, yet for years there has really been no agreed upon national standard for care and quality,” Andrews said. “To date there is no program for private duty agencies written and vetted by home care providers themselves specific to this sector of the industry.”

“This accreditation program offers agencies large and small the opportunity to set the standard in their own community of what quality and service looks like along with benchmarking across the country,” she said. “With a price point that any agency can afford, private duty providers can now be accredited at the national level.” In addition, she said, for the basic accreditation, agencies can do “the entire process remotely and online.”

Andrews said the session will benefit those who are interested in becoming accredited or those who want to know the national standards for private duty providers. “For cutting edge CEO's this is the opportunity to learn about the process and sign up for their accreditation. The course will walk participants though the application process, as well as identify what is needed to complete the application and how the process works from application to accreditation.”

Following is a course description for the education session:


Accreditation serves to protect consumers, communities and payers by ensuring safe, competent and accountable case from an organization that maintain a certain level of integrity.  The accreditation process accomplishes this by setting organizational and service delivery standards and enabling agencies to measure and evaluate quality, opportunities for improvement , and how care delivery standards are met. This program introduces the accreditation program to providers and explains the process for improving care through the accreditation process. The session will provide participants with tools and methodologies that will assist each participant in understanding the accreditation process, the methodology to implement program and improve patient care.

Faculty: Brittnei Salerno, BS, Owner/CEO, La Jolla Nurses Homecare, La Jolla, CA; Lucy Andrews, RN, MS, CEO , At Your Home Services, Santa Rosa, CA; Pat Drea, BSN, MPA, Chief Operating Officer, Visiting Angels, Charlotte, NC

To register for the 2016 Private Duty Conference, click here.




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