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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

Clinical Issues

One of NAHC’s primary goals is the promotion of the highest quality care to individuals in need of home care and hospice services through the enrichment of home care clinician’s. The Clinician’s Corner offers nurses and therapists valuable links to best practices and professional resources.

Clinical Tools and Training

The National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) is a member of the National Advisory Panel for the CHAMP program.

CHAMP Program
CHAMP (Collaboration for Homecare Advances in Management and Practice) is an evidenced-based best practices program specifically designed to help home care clinicians provide effective care to older home care patients – from the convenience of any computer. Visit the CHAMP web site at to learn about CHAMP’s many resources, including:

  • Affordable, self-paced e-learning courses developed by leading experts in the field (all courses confer Continuing Education hours)
  • Tools page, with free downloadable tools in 24 topics that home health managers and practitioners can use right away
Clinical and Regulatory Publications by NAHC
Publications cover important information on OASIS, Medicare coverage, payment, nursing practice, home care administration as well as handbooks and sample tests to provide additional training for home care agency clinical staff (Coming Soon)  
NAHC Career Center
NAHC’s Home Care Career Center offers a listing of a variety of clinical job opportunities by geographic region webthumb
Nursing Resources



Therapy Resources


  • American Occupational Therapy Association, (AOTA)
  • American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA)
  • American Physical Therapy Association (APTA)

Speech Language Pathologist Resources

State-by-State listing of Speech-Language-Hearing Associations webthumb
SLP Home care recruitment and retention considerations webthumb
American Speech-Language-Hearing Association Policy documents webthumb
Information for the public webthumb
Clinical Information and Best Practice Resources

Medline Plus, which is a service of the National Library of Medicine and the National Institutes of Health, offers links to answers about health questions, including extensive information about drugs, an illustrated medical encyclopedia, interactive patient tutorials, and the latest health news.

Medicare Quality Improvement Community: Home Health (MedQIC) Web site is a free on-line resource for quality improvement interventions and associated tools, toolkits, presentations, and links to other resources

Food and Drug Administration: Home Health and Consumer Devices: The FDA regulates medical devices that consumers use themselves without professional medical assistance in the same way as other medical devices.  In addition to work done throughout the medical device approval process, the Home Health Care Committee reviews what has been done to address problems when devices are used in the home and recommends further actions to ensure consumers can use the devices safely and effectively.

FDA Home Health and Consumer Devices webthumb
FDA Booklet: Home Use Devices: How to Prepare for Handle Power Outages for Medical Devices that Require Electricity
This booklet serves as a tool for use by patients using devices that require electricity in  the development of a plan to ensure that they know what to do during a power outage.
Medicare Learning Network: The Medicare Learning Network (MLN) provides free resources that Medicare fee for service health care providers need to understand topics such as the ins and outs of billing rules. pdfthumb
Dramatically Reducing Hospitalization Rates: "What Works, What Doesn't"
The power point presentation and patient guides offered here were created by Middlesex-East VNA. During a NAHC sponsored webinar, the VNA shared details of how they reduced their re-hospitalization rate to 16% through "Management of Successful Patient Outcomes." A CD of this 90 minute 4/8/2010 NAHC webinar can be purchased by calling KRM at: (800) 775-7654.
Evidence-based Health Coaching for Healthcare Providers, 3rd Ed.
A convenient, guided self-study program (with online simulated video skills competency) of health coaching skills and strategies to actively engage patients and improve compliance by tapping into their own motivation to change unhealthy behaviors. Also appropriate for marketing new agency health coaching services. 
Phone Toll Free: (866)-916-NSHC (6742)
Program content: (Web Link)
How to order: (Web Link)
Hartford Institute for Geriatric Nursing
Influenza Information for Healthcare Personnel webthumb
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  • Hospice and Palliative Care Handbook: Quality, Compliance, and Reimbursement
    Second Edition. The handbook provides concise information about hospice and palliative care conditions for care planning and reimbursement. (528 pages).
  • The Handbook of Home Health Orientation
    This handbook was written to serve as an adjunct to home health agency-specific orientation. (435 pages).
  • Nursing Documentation Handbook
    Third Edition. This book presents examples and guidelines of nursing documentation easily referenced by a patient’s clinical problems. (472 pages).
  • The Nurse Manager’s Survival Guide: Practical Answers to Everyday Problems
    Third Edition. The Nurse Manager’s Survival Guide discusses major areas of successful management, including recruitment and retention, communication, time management, day-to-day operations, and resource management. (395 pages).
  • Home Health Aide: Guidelines for Care: A Handbook for Caregiving at Home (Aide Handbook)
    Second Edition. This easy-to-use handbook for home health and hospice aides offers information about the role and qualities of a successful aide, the home health care team, documentation requirements, safety and infection control in home care, and more. (234 pages).
  • Home Health Aide: Guidelines for Care: Instructor Manual
    Second Edition. A comprehensive guide to teach home health and hospice aides, this resource is the companion text to accompany Home Health Aide: Guidelines for Care (the handbook for aides). (312 pages).
  • The Handbook of Home Health Standards & Documentation Guidelines for Reimbursement
    This handbook is a complete guide to providing quality care and effective documentation through detailed documentation guidelines, including ICD-9-CM, service skills, factors supporting homebound status, discharge plans, and specific tips for reimbursement. (680 pages).


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