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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

Heath 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 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

In Honor of One of the Most Caring People of All Time: Mother Teresa, Happy 100th

NAHC, Caring Institute Help Lead Remembrance of Blessed Teresa, 'Home Care and Hospice Nurse'
August 26, 2010 01:00 AM

The National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) and the nonprofit Caring Institute today herald the centennial of Mother Teresa, the beatified Catholic nun whose order has now spread to 134 countries on five continents. The sisters, brothers, priests, and volunteers of the Missionaries of Charity continue the work of Teresa of Calcutta, who devoted her life to caring for, ministering to, and teaching the "poorest of the poor," the diseased and dying, the unwanted and "untouchable" people in whom, she said, she could see the face of Jesus. She passed away nearly 13 years ago, leaving an extraordinary legacy and an indelible mark on humankind.


"She is the personification of what it means to care for others," said NAHC President Val J. Halamandaris. "Nothing could be more appropriate than for us to honor and celebrate her life and legacy. In the continuing works of her order, the Missionaries of Charity; the good works of those Mother has inspired; and the care and service compassionately delivered every day by millions of home care and hospice caregivers, we see the reflection of Mother Teresa, who referred to herself as a home care and hospice nurse."

The centenary of Mother marks not the end but the beginning of what NAHC and the Caring Institute have planned in her honor. We're continuing our search for home care and hospice caregivers and volunteers who embody the spirit and humble service of this gentle woman -- someone who is driven by, as she herself said, the joy that can be found in "transcending self to serve others." Please click here to tell us about a caregiver you know who, among the angels of home care and hospice, stands out as extraordinary.

:: Among others, events and efforts initiated by NAHC and the Caring Institute in celebration and remembrance of Mother Teresa's centennial include:

  • Having launched -- and now reset -- an online 100-day "Caring Clock" marking the days, hours, and minutes until Mother Teresa's 100th birthday at or to help commemorate the occasion and encourage visitors to reflect on Mother. It now will mark the anniversary each year.

  • Issuing a special commemorative edition of CARING magazine for August 2010 celebrating Mother Teresa's life and legacy. The issue contains a collection of quotations both by and about Mother and her impact on society by people from all walks of life. This issue also includes stories from home care and hospice caregivers and their patients across all 50 states, and how their work is part of a legacy of caring shared with Mother Teresa.

  • Having asked leaders of nations to issue a proclamation honoring Mother Teresa for her service to humanity and particularly to the poorest of the poor, the aged, infirm, disabled, and dying.

  • Sharing a poster developed by the Caring Institute which features a photo of Mother Teresa in prayer, along with a chronology of her life.

  • Encouraging contributions of time or money to be sent directly to the Missionaries of Charity to be used to continue her work.

  • Having urged members of Congress, governors, mayors, and other elected officials to issue statements celebrating Mother Teresa and her achievements on her 100th birthday.

  • Continuing to inspire home care and hospice nurses, physicians, therapists, aides, and other professionals to share the influence that Mother Teresa had in encouraging them to select this most caring of professions.

  • Having encouraged the approximately 13,000 trade and professional organizations in Washington, DC to honor Mother Teresa in their publications and called on the news media worldwide to honor Mother Teresa on her 100th birthday.

  • Working to erect a life-size statue of Mother Teresa based on a design by renowned sculptress Blanche Baker.

It is our great privilege to honor Mother Teresa and to explore her philosophy and contributions to society. She summarized her lessons in a few words, which are the mantra of the Caring Institute: "Let no one come into your life without feeling happier or better. Let them see the kindness in your face, in your eyes, and in your friendly greeting. Let us be of one heart, all love. My vocation is love. There is joy in transcending self in order to serve others."




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