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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 Highlights: Notes About the New Accreditation Program

February 10, 2016 02:00 PM

The National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) held its 2016 Private Duty Home Care Conference in Charleston, South Carolina, on February 1-2, 2016, and NAHC Report will be providing coverage of some of the highlights from the conference

On February 1, the National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) and the Private Duty Homecare Association of America held the Private Duty Home Care Conference in Charleston, South Carolina.

Pat Drea, Chief Operations Officer for one of the nation’s largest home care franchises, Visiting Angels, kicked off the session talking about the importance and purpose of accreditation. Accreditation serves to protect consumers, communities, and payers by ensuring safe, competent and accountable care from an organization that maintains a certain level of integrity, she said. Ms. Drea’s vision of home care reaching its full potential stems from her extensive experience in the private duty home care industry, which spans 23 years. Consumers always look for distinguishing certifications, whether it’s with universities and other educational institutions, home appliances, or cars, and it follows that they look for distinguished standing in the custodians of loved ones, too. Ms. Drea believes agencies should strive to achieve the highest licensing standards because it benefits the clients, the staff, and the agency’s reputation, and the industry as a whole.

Brittnei Salerno, Owner and Chief Executive Officer of La Jolla Nurses Homecare, a tenured agency in the San Diego community, detailed the steps of the accreditation process. Ms. Salerno’s presentation dispelled any notion that an accreditation process might be intimidating. She patiently explained the 11 standards by which agencies are evaluated, which include governance, fiscal management, community education and outreach, safety, and business ethics. She encouraged the session’s attendees to think critically about their agency operations with questions like, “What are you doing to make sure there is no fraud in your company?,” and she stressed the importance of safety and risk management, warning about “the truth in advertising.” Ms. Salerno also encouraged continual support of clients’ rights, but urged agency management to think about what they hold clients responsible for in return. Getting clients to pay their bills can occasionally be a struggle, and agencies seeking accreditation must have smooth protocol. The faculty reiterated their willingness and availability to help agencies work through these issues and standards.

The leadership team welcomed questions throughout the session, and addressed OSHA standards, the issue of transparency, and annual reports. Lucy Andrews, Founder and Chief Executive Officer of At Your Service in Santa Rosa, California, presented the third and final segment of the session. “We want to raise the bar,” she began, and continued with how to become an “Accreditation Champion.” Because agency staff members are involved in the accreditation process, it’s important to be enthusiastic. Ms. Andrews suggested agencies should ask themselves, “What is our “why” for our organization in completing this process?,” and consider organizing a kick-off gathering at a staff meeting or event to motivate and educate about the accreditation process.

If you missed this education session at the Private Duty Home Care Conference in Charleston, South Carolina, February 1-2, and would like more information or access to the presentation notes, please contact Katharine Howard at NAHC:




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