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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

NAHC, Caring Institute Lead Remembrance of Mother Teresa on Her 100th Birthday Aug. 26, 2010

Announce Multi-Pronged Campaign to Recognize and Honor This Extraordinary Individual
May 25, 2010 01:00 AM

Val J. Halamandaris, president of the National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC), has announced a collaboration between NAHC and its affiliated nonprofit Caring Institute honoring Mother Teresa's 100th birthday on Aug. 26, 2010. As part of the effort, a 100-day countdown to Aug. 26 is now live on and , and NAHC is accepting members' stories and reflections on what this saintly woman's ministry means to them and how it helped them choose a career in caregiving.

As a self-described home care and hospice nurse, Mother Teresa embodied the highest ideals of the caregiving profession. "We honor Mother Teresa for her unselfish devotion to the sick and dying," Halamandaris says. "She was the inspiration for the creation of the Caring Institute." The birth of the Caring Institute dates back to Halamandaris' first meeting with Mother Teresa in 1985.

"Mother told me there is a poverty of the spirit in the United States and the developed world that is far worse than the poverty of the body that is common to the third world," Halamandaris recounts. "She directed me to 'do something about it' and advised using the power of 'caring' -- the one-word summary of the Golden Rule, which runs through all the great religions of the world."

This is also the credo of the Caring Institute and fuels its mission to promote the values of caring, integrity, and public service. For the past 25 years, the Caring Institute has searched out the world's most caring people and elevated them as role models to be emulated by others (NAHC Report, 10/15/09).

Each year, the institute's trustees cast a secret ballot for five extraordinary adults and five outstanding young adults. These individuals are honored at the National Caring Awards and inducted into the Caring Hall of Fame, established by the Caring Institute in 1992 and located very symbolically just three blocks from the U.S. Capitol in the heart of Washington, DC. Caring Award winners embody the high ideals that Mother Teresa left behind.

:: To celebrate her undying spirit, the Caring Institute and NAHC are honoring Mother Teresa by:

  • Launching 100-day online counter tools ticking down to 100th birthday on Aug. 26, 2010 that are now live at and
  • Asking the president or prime minister of every nation to issue a proclamation honoring Mother Teresa for her life's work and her commitment to improving the quality of life for those she described as "the poorest of the poor -- the least among us."

  • Urging all members of Congress, governors, and mayors to issue a statement or resolution recognizing Mother Teresa on her 100th birthday.

  • Encouraging contributions that will assist the Missionaries of Charity in continuing Mother Teresa's work.

  • Working to erect a life-size statue of Mother Teresa in Washington, DC, based on the design of renowned sculptress, Blanche Baker. The Caring Institute plans to place this likeness alongside another statue of the great abolitionist Frederick Douglass, honoring the remarkable and lasting achievements of these individuals. Information on making a charitable donation to this effort is available at

  • Collaborating with the PGA to honor Mother Teresa at the Home Care & Hospice First Tee Golf Tournament to be held at Pebble Beach Aug. 30 to Sept. 5, 2010.

  • Hosting a 100th birthday party for Mother Teresa at the Caring Hall of Fame, where those who knew or admired her can trade memories and share the lessons they learned.

Share Your Stories

In addition, NAHC is launching a campaign to ask home care and hospice nurses, aides, therapists, physicians, and executives to tell us what Mother Teresa means to them and how her example encouraged them to select a career caring for the aged, infirm, disabled, and dying. Mother Teresa didn't think of herself as simply a nun and the founder of the Missionaries of Charity; she also defined herself as a home care and hospice nurse for the needy. Her ideals and devotion are mirrored every day across the nation by the men and women who serve in the home care and hospice community, caring for so many who are often otherwise overlooked and forgotten.

:: If you would like to share a story of how Mother Teresa's ministry affected your life, please send it to




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