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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. 

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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.

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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

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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 element...it’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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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. 

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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.

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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.

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Frank E. Moss, former U.S. Senator

Anyone working on health care issues in Congress knows the name Val J. Halamandaris.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Former President Bill Clinton

National Healthcare Decision Day (NHDD) will be week long in 2017

April 17, 2017 02:49 PM

Today is the 10th Annual National Healthcare Decisions Day (NHDD) and the kick off of NHDD Week. For 2017, NHDD will be a week long event, from April 16 to 22.National Healthcare Decisions Day aims to help people across the U.S. understand the value of advance healthcare planning.

A Conversation Project national survey in 2013 found that 90 percent of all Americans believe talking to their loved ones about end-of-life care is important, but only 27 percent have had such a conversation.

Sixty percent of people believe making sure their family is not burdened by tough end-of-life decisions is important but well over half have not spoken to their loved ones about their own end-of-life preferences, according to a 2012 survey by the California HealthCare Foundation.

That same survey found that 80 percent of people say they would talk to their doctor about end-of-life treatment if they were seriously ill, but a mere eight percent have had that discussion.

Finally, while 82 percent believe it is important to put their end-of-life priorities in writing, only 23 percent have done so.

Clearly, advance care planning, while more critical than ever, is badly lagging in the United States. It is appropriate, then, that the overall theme of National Healthcare Decisions Day for 2017 is "It always seems too early, until it's too late."

Daily sub-themes are below: 

  • Sunday (4/16): Prepare
    • A day to get resources together
  • Monday (4/17): Start with Yourself
    • A day to think about your own healthcare decisions
  • Tuesday (4/18): Family/Friends/Loved Ones
    • A day to discuss your wishes with others (and learn their wishes)
  • Wednesday (4/19): Spread the Word
    • A day to tell others that you've engaged in advance care planning and encourage them to do the same
  • Thursday (4/20): Facilities Focus
    • A day for healthcare providers of all sorts to promote advance care planning
  • Friday (4/21): Professionals Preparedness
    • A day to ensure that all professionals (healthcare, clergy, legal, and others) understand and can promote advance care planning
  • Saturday (4/22): Reflection and Readiness
    • Consider what worked well for NHDD week and file/share your advance care plans so they will be available if needed

Go here for ideas on how to get the advance care conversation started and be sure to use the hashtag #NHDD on Twitter and Facebook to spread the word.

 

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