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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: How To Get Started

October 10, 2016 02:27 PM

Today we continue 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.

Last Mondaywe discussed what social media is and I briefly summarized the three biggest social media platforms – Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn. Today, we will cover more of the basics, such as how to sign up for these social media platforms.

To sign up for Facebook, go to www.facebook.comand you should see a signup form. If you do not see the signup form, click on the words Sign Up and proceed. Fill out your name, email address or phone number, choose a password and enter your birthday and your gender. Finally, click Sign Up.

Once you have signed up for Facebook, you will need to confirm or email or phone number, whichever you gave to Facebook. Only people 13 years and older can sign up for Facebook.

One of the benefits of signing up for a Facebook account, apart from simply using the platform, is you can also use your Facebook sign-in to register for many other sites, such as many newspapers. This is a security measure called OAuth, which simply means that you sign in to a third party account – let’s say, the Washington Post – using your Facebook, Twitter or Google account. Companies offer you this option because it allows them to register you as a user without storing your password and user name. If they do not have to store it, it means they are not responsible for keeping it secure. It creates less worry and work for them and for you it means you don’t have to remember yet another username and password. Just remember your Facebook login, for example, and you can log in to many different websites.

To create a Twitter account, simply to go http://twitter.comand find the sign up box. Alternatively, you can go directly to https://twitter/signupand begin to fill out the page. You must enter your full name, a phone number and a password. Then click Sign Up for Twitter. To verify your phone number, Twitter will send you a text message with a code.  You must enter the verification code in the box provided by Twitter.

Once you have clicked Sign up for Twitter, you select a username, which will be your unique identifier on Twitter. No one else will have that username as long as you have it. Choose your username or use one of several Twitter will suggest to you. They will inform you if the username you want is not available, having already been claimed by someone else. You can change your username any time you like, but you may only change it to a name that is also available. Usernames must be less than 15 words and cannot contain the words Twitter or Admin.

After you have double-checked all the information you have given Twitter, click Create My Account. You may be asked to complete a Captcha to prove that you are not a robot, but that is easy and takes only a few seconds.

While Facebook and Twitter can and often are used for both business and personal purposes, LinkedIn is primarily used for professional reasons. While Facebook and Twitter are, perhaps, more famous, LinkedIn is the top online directory for companies and professionals. The site is used by companies and individuals for career building, networking, recruiting and job searches, as well as staying in touch with professional connections. Hundreds of companies use LinkedIn to advertise and search for qualified applicants.

To join LinkedIn, first go to the website,, and enter your first and last name, your email address and a password you will choose yourself. Like Facebook and Twitter, doing this much is free of charge.

After you have signed up for LinkedIn, create a LinkedIn profile, which should include much of the information on your resume, such as past and present employment, as well as any education, special skills and qualifications you possess. It’s a good idea to be thorough because the more information you enter, the more likely it is you will be contacted by someone.

Like Facebook and Twitter, you can add photos to LinkedIn. While Facebook and Twitter are almost made to post photos, LinkedIn accounts usually are limited to one or just a few photos. At least one photo should be a head shot that looks professional. The photo should be relatively current and you should be properly attired and groomed.

Your LinkedIn profile page should be the best advertisement for you and/or your company as possible. After all, even if you are not looking for a job or new business at that moment, chances are you will be doing so one day and your LinkedIn account needs to look as if you always prepared.

Once you have created your LinkedIn profile, log into your account and then update your profile and connect with people and companies you know or would like to know. It’s a very good idea to log into your LinkedIn account regularly to keep your profile updated and stay current with all  your contacts, as well as building new ones. Whenever you acquire a promotion or a new skill or qualification, updated your LinkedIn profile.




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