When it comes to massage therapy in particular they have a particular role when it comes to the ever growing hospice movement. In more detail to this aspect in particular in the United States alone patient use of hospice care in particular is growing. In even more detail by 2013 which is the most recent year for statistics the number of hospice providers in this country had grown by 6,000.
- According to a 2014 report from the U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, the number of people receiving benefits for hospice grew 58 percent from 2000 to 2012; also, Medicare’s expenditures on hospice care increased from $2.9 billion to $15.1 billion, or by 80 percent.
- By 2013, the most recent year for which statistics are available, the number of hospice providers in this country had grown to almost 6,000. In 2014, between 1.6 and 1.7 million Americans received hospice care at end of life, according to the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization.
- Gentle massage therapy is oftentimes offered to hospice patients. Here, hospice massage pioneer Irene Smith discusses therapeutic presence and how that can assist massage therapists when providing healthy touch to hospice patients.
“In the U.S., patients’ use of hospice care is growing. According to a 2014 report from the U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.”