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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

CARING Editorial Guidelines


CARINGAuthor Guidelines

The editors of CARING magazine invite the submission of manuscripts intended to add to the general body of knowledge and to improve practice methods in the fields of home care and hospice. Articles should have a clear application to the home care or hospice industry. Manuscripts should be directed to the Editor, CARING, 228 Seventh Street, SE, Washington, D.C., 20003-4306. Authors are requested to submit an original hard copy of the article, and are advised to retain a copy. Manuscripts must also be submitted in electronic format in Microsoft Word or on a CD-ROM, or emailed as an attachment to Manuscripts and disks will not be returned.

It is understood that manuscripts submitted to CARING are not simultaneously submitted to any other publication. Submission of a manuscript will be considered as consent by the author to relinquish all copyright privileges and rights the author possesses to CARING magazine. CARING will retain exclusive publication, reproduction, and sales rights to all articles. All manuscripts are accepted on a non-remunerative basis. Manuscripts will be published at the sole discretion of the editorial staff.

Types of Articles Published

Feature ArticlesCARING will consider original works that focus on each issue's specific topic and that shed new light on the topic in question. A current editorial calendar provides a list of these scheduled topics by month. Editorial calendars may be obtained by emailing Feature articles should be important conceptual treatments of subjects of timely interest to home care and hospice. They should focus on content of interest to home care decision makers, including supervisors, managers, executives, and policy makers. Topics of interest may include special areas such as the use of technology in home care, long-term care, pediatrics, the development of new agency programs, and agency success stories. Articles delineating the organization of care delivery, models of care, best practices, quality management, resource utilization, financial issues, and policy analysis are especially of interest.

Case study articles profiling agencies, programs, and research projects are also appropriate if they contain information that readers can use in practical application. CARING encourages authors to approach these articles from a "how to" perspective for the benefit of readers wishing to expand or improve program offerings. CARING also welcomes articles that explore the experiences of home care and hospice patients and their caregivers, told from their own points of view. These stories can sometimes illustrate issues in home care and hospice that need addressing at the legal or regulatory level.

Articles should be between 1,400 to 2,200 words in length, although quality lengthier pieces will also be considered. Figures, tables, photos, and sidebars should be included if appropriate.

Manuscript Selection

Query Letters— Prior to submitting a manuscript to CARING, authors may send a query letter or email (to with a tentative content outline to allow the editor to gauge interest in the topic.

Deadlines— For consideration in a particular issue of CARING, manuscripts must be received at least three months in advance of the publication date (e.g., articles for the April issue must be received by January).

Review Process— Qualified staff at CARING and the National Association for Home Care & Hospice review articles. CARING reserves the right to accept, reject, or modify all manuscripts. The editors reserve the right to edit for style, structure, consistency, and mechanics. CARING is not a refereed journal; authors are encouraged to have their papers read by expert peers and colleagues prior to submission.

Manuscript Preparation

Submission Format— Manuscripts should be submitted in Microsoft Word format on a CD-ROM, or emailed as an attachment to Authors should include an original printout of the manuscript and one copy when sending by postal mail.

Cover Sheet— A cover sheet should be included containing the article's title, author's name(s), address, phone and fax numbers, email address (primary author listed first), and a brief biographical sketch of each author. Unless otherwise noted, correspondence will be with the primary author. Author email addresses will be printed at the end of the article for ease of reader inquiry.

Color Headshot/s—Please submit photo/s of author/s to run adjacent to the byline/s. These need to be of high resolution, at least 300 dpi in jpg or tif format.

Titles and Figures— Titles and subheadings should be structured appropriately within the article to designate major sections. Accompanying figures should be called out within the text but submitted on separate pages with appropriate headings and legends if necessary.

Institution/ Product References — Information included in articles pertaining to the experiences of particular agencies or institutions should be described in a general manner. Generic rather than brand names of drugs and equipment should be used at all times. It is CARING magazine's policy to delete specific product names or, if the article heavily promotes a product, to reject the manuscript.

References— Authors should limit references to those essential to the article. References should be listed in alphabetical order, at the end of the manuscript. CARING adheres to a citation style similar to that found in the MLA Handbook. Reviewing previous magazine issues is advised.


The editors greatly appreciate photos pertaining to the subject matter. The preferred format is color prints, slides, or high-resolution digital images. Photos submitted with a manuscript should be accompanied by a brief description of the subject matter, identifying subjects, location, photographer, and/or the individual organization to be credited. Authors are responsible for obtaining the permission of individuals in photographs. Authors should protect photos well for mailing. Photos will be returned.


Authors are responsible for securing any necessary authorizations for a manuscript, including illustrations, photographs, and lengthy quotations. The statements and opinions expressed in published articles and communications are those of the author(s). The editors and publisher of CARING disclaim any responsibility for such statements. Authors are responsible for ensuring the accuracy of statements made in their manuscripts and for the accuracy and completeness of all references.

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