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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

Home Health Aide is Most In-Demand Job of 2017

May 30, 2017 03:15 PM

The most in-demand job for 2017 is home health aide, according to a new report from CareerCast, which uses numbers from the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS).

The report expects there will be 348,400 new openings for home health aides between now and the end of 2024, easily the most in the United States. That is a growth outlook of 38 percent, also the highest of any job.

Due to the aging of the baby boomer generation and what is often called the “silver tsunami,” the four most in-demand jobs in the survey are all in the health care sector. Following home health aide, they are:

  1. Physical therapist, with 71,800 more jobs from now through 2024;
  2. Emergency medical technician, with 58,500 more jobs from now through 2024;
  3. Nurse practitioner, with 53,400 more jobs from now through 2024.         

However, if you add up the additional jobs for physical therapist, EMT and nurse practitioner from now through 2024, you still have only slightly more than half of the home health aide jobs that will need to be filled during the same time period.

The fifth-most in-demand job according to BLS statistics is web developer, followed by occupational therapist. However, the seventh-most in-demand job is right back in the health care field, with 28,700 jobs for physicians’ assistants to be created. The ninth-most in-demand job is diagnostic medical sonographer and the last job in the top ten most in-demand jobs of 2017 is optician.

While it is not news that jobs in home health will be plentiful in the future (see a recent NAHC Report article on the subject HERE), rarely do we see how huge the future demand will be, completely outstripping the demand for other jobs, even in the red-hot health care sector. However, as most people in home health and hospice know, while the jobs are and will be plentiful, it is not always easy to fill those jobs. America is facing a critical caregiver shortage (see recent NAHC Report article HERE) that vastly complicates the future of home health and hospice and quality of care for our rapidly aging population.

NAHC is trying to help, however. If you have not checked it out already, please have a look at the NAHC Home Care & Hospice Career Center, a place for agencies and job seekers to connect with each other. Whether you are a home care or hospice owner or manager looking for qualified and caring staff or job-seeker looking to contribute your skills to the industry, you can turn to this unique employment forum and find what you need.

The “silver tsunami” wants to age in place, in their own homes and communities, surrounded by friends, family and the familiar comforts of home. This promises a big boost in business for home care agencies, but only if they can find the right staff to meet the demands of the new pool of retirees. With help from the NAHC Career Center, agencies can find the right fit to ensure their future and the future health and prosperity of our country and its people.

If you are looking for a job, the NAHC Career Center makes it easier to find one. The drop-down menu covers all your bases:

  • Customize your job hunt with our keyword search
  • Find a location convenient to your home
  • Suit your schedule by noting if you are looking for full-time, part-time or freelance work.
  • Search for an internship if you are just beginning your career
  • Pinpoint the position that best matches your skills and experience, from IT professional to intake coordinator to home health aide to hospice director

Your search will reach thousands of potential employers and we offer them a range of methods for them to contact you.

  • Post jobs and create ads describing available positions
  • Create a company profile so you can attract potential employees who share your values, mission and culture
  • Search resumes with our premium access

Employers can purchase posting packages that cover anywhere from a month to a year, depending on the price. However, the value of the service is priceless. For a very reasonable fee, employers can find job-seekers who can help their businesses grow.

NAHC members get 2 FREE postings each month plus a 50% discount on extra posts. Posting packages are also available to NAHC members at a 50% discount which can save even more money! You can save money and countless hours in recruiting the best staff in the industry.

The Home Care & Hospice Career Center will play a vital role as home care and  hospice become the center of health care in our nation. “Hiring caring and qualified staff is important,” says NAHC President Val Halamandaris. “With the right people, we make sure home care and hospice keep giving the right care in the right place at the right time. The launch of the Career Center will be a boon for aging baby boomers and give the industry a launch pad for even greater success.

Check out the Home Care & Hospice Career Center at




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