Complementary Care

Hospice explores many avenues for pain relief. One very effective method can be gentle massage. Hospice massage is a gentle form of physical touch that can be very soothing to those receiving it. It has proven to provide relief from pain, anxiety, edema and general muscle tension, helping to decrease pain and allow for better rest. It is most often done through clothing, always to the comfort of, and requiring no special effort on the part of the patient. Hospice patients who utilize massage therapy often report it is one of their favorite activities of their day.

Belinda Rhodes has been providing massage for hospice patients since 2011. She uses gentle massage and Bowenwork® techniques to address individual needs. Bowenwork® uses gentle rolling movements to encourage relaxation, it is especially beneficial for people who are uncomfortable with touch or massage. Belinda has been practicing massage therapy since 2008.

As part of the Medicare benefit, massage therapy for patient care and comfort is offered directly through the hospice provider. Supplemental massage therapy is available free to their family caregivers. Funding for this is provided by the Friends of Hospice in Whitman County.

For supplemental massage therapy, please advise any member of your Hospice Team or call the Gentiva Hospice Office at 509-332-2236.