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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

Letter from the Veep: The New Home Care and Hospice Conference Was Designed By You, For You!

Author: Andrea Devoti, Executive Vice President of NAHC
August 22, 2017 06:21 AM

Andrea_DeVoti-2011-PicThe 2017 Home Care and Hospice Conference & Expo is going to be like nothing you’ve ever seen and you won’t want to miss it! If you have been to previous NAHC conferences and are thinking this one will be just like previous ones, you are in for a surprise. This year NAHC decided to ask you, our members, what you wanted in a conference. You told us and we listened. The result will be a conference and expo like none in the industry.

Beginning in mid-January, volunteer members formed groups and advised NAHC on the direction and content of the conference, inundating us with clever ideas and observations. These NAHC members formed a diverse group, with representation from urban and rural agencies, as well as executives, managers, clinicians, human resources, private duty, vendors and more. With their input we soon identified problem areas in our conferences and devised solutions. To provide but three examples:

Problem: Too much content overwhelmed attendees.

Solution: We have reduced the number of classes from 75 last year to 46 this year, making it easier for attendees to see the full course offering and decide between classes.

Problem: Not enough time for networking

Solution: We ended the classes earlier in the day, allowing attendees to spend more time networking, socializing, dining, and exploring the hotel and surrounding city. Attendees will not be as tired and will have more fun. Caregiving is our business and that can be stressful, so we want you to not just learn at your conference, but also enjoy yourselves.

Problem: Too many classes were lightly attended due to minimal interest or duplication.

Solution: The class offerings have been curated by our member volunteers to eliminate courses that are too similar and focus only on topics that generated substantial interest.

We wanted to find a new and interesting way to communicate at the Conference, so we created an “innovations gallery” in the expo hall where 12 poster presentations will provide graphic visual information about everything from clinical compliance and social issues to wound care. You will be able to spend time studying and discussing them with your colleagues and the designers themselves.

As in the past we have a wonderful exhibition hall with many of our associate members and other ‘s in the industry to provide you with the good and services that enable you to provide the Quality care that our industry and your agencies are famous for. And there will be new areas for you to relax and network quietly with your peers.

Finally, we selected a theme for your conference: Quality. This is Quality of Care, Quality of Work, and Quality at Home. This led us to three keynote speakers to address those topics – Laura Adams, Juliet Funt, and John O’Leary. You will learn more about them in an upcoming edition of NAHC Report, but – trust me – you won’t want to miss these three inspirational and insightful thinkers.

You can stay up-to-date on the latest developments at your 2017 Home Care and Hospice Conference & Expo at our blog and, of course, get all the information you need to attend and get the most out of the Conference at the Conference website.

So, please come to Long Beach, California because I want you to see our new and improved Conference – designed by you and for you. You can fly into Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) or into the Long Beach airport. LAX is about a 35-minute ride, depending on traffic.

Come spend some Quality Time with us in beautiful southern California.




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