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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

Social Media Monday: What is Social Media?

October 3, 2016 02:46 PM

Today we inaugurate a new series of articles on NAHC Report that I hope you will enjoy and find useful. It’s called Social Media Monday and, as the name implies, NAHC Report will feature a story on Monday about social media and how NAHC members can use it.

So, what is social media? Well, the dictionary definition is “websites and applications that enable users to create and share content or to participate in social networking.” Straightforward, but not particularly helpful. The truth is, the term social media is often used so widely and vaguely that it could be applied to almost any website on the Internet. The “social” part of social media refers to the interaction and sharing of information between people. The “media” part of social media refers to the instrument of that communication – in this case, the Internet and web-based applications. So, to sum it up as best as I can, social media is the interaction of people who create, share and consume information using web-based communication tools.

Social media platforms are remarkably diverse, but most of them share some common features. Those features are:

  • User accounts – a personal or corporate account that the user must log into;
  • Personal profile pages – a page featuring information about the user, such as a biography, photo, personal website;
  • Personalization – the ability to configure the settings of the social media platform to suit the user’s interests and needs;
  • Information updates – something posted by the user, which can be original content, a link to content elsewhere, a photo, a YouTube video, etc.;
  • Followers, friends or groups – a subset of users with like interests who arrange themselves together so they can more efficiently consume and share information;
  • Comment – the ability to respond to another user on the platform with your own thoughts. This could be in the form of words or something as simple as a “like” button to register approval.

What are those communication tools?Well, for now, let’s limit the discussion to three of the biggest social media platforms out there – Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn.

The biggest social media network of them all (and the subject of a successful Hollywood movie) is Facebook. It is only about twelve-and-a-half years old, but it already has about 1.6 billion monthly active users. It is easy and intuitive to use and connecting with interesting and like-minded people is simple and quick. This makes it one of the best ways in the world to connect people all over the world with your agency so that you and they can share information. Over one million small and medium-sized businesses are estimated to use Facebook to connect with the rest of the world. Apart from simply alerting people to your existence, Facebook is superb at updating people about what you are doing, as it is easy to leave quick comments and updates and the platform is almost ideal for hosting photographs and video.

If you think you cannot learn or teach others in 140 characters or less, think again. Twitter, which is about ten-and-a-half years old, has more than 320 million active monthly users and for getting out news quickly to a large number of people, it’s invaluable. It is also probably the single best way to keep up with fast-moving events. Agencies can use Twitter to follow the latest home health care news, share their own news with clients, colleagues and patients. Twitter also allows businesses to use targeted ads for a specific audience.

Finally, let’s not forget about LinkedIn, easily the most popular social media site for professional networking. Launched in May 2003, LinkedIn has over 400 million registered users and is superb for people looking to connect with people in a similar industry. LinkedIn is also very useful to inform the public about your agency and to network with local professionals in your line of work.

It is important to note that Facebook and Twitter are completely free and LinkedIn’s basic service is also free of charge. There are very few services available that are extremely affordable and do not require a substantial investment of time or effort.

For a look at what NAHC is doing in social media, please visit us on




Please stay tuned to NAHC Report for more on social media and how we can use it to advance the cause of quality and affordable  home care and hospice.




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