Greet The Day massage and skin care therapists work in medical centers nationwide, and are on staff in five southern California cancer treatment centers.
This represents a remarkable change in cancer patient care in southern California where as recently as 2012 no massage was available for hospitalized patients.
Massage at the bedside can improve patients’ quality of life by reducing the physical pain, treatment side effects, and anxiety associated with inpatient cancer treatment.
Greet The Day is commmitted to helping provide a better hospital experience for patients and their family
We also provide Board of Registered Nursing, CA, approved Nurse Delivered Massage education programs, and family/caregiver massage classes and one-on-one guidance and support at bedside.
For some of our patients their massage is the only thing they look forward to. For many patients, even those given pain medications, their massage is the only intervention that will help to alleviate pain and enhance comfort.
Lori Akasaka, LCSW, Oncology, Irvine Douglas Hospital, University of California, Irvine
So nice to have someone enter the room to provide comfort and a welcomed diversion from all of the invasive procedures. Many thanks!
Patient hospital day 10
Pain level before massage 5 / after massage 2
Pilot Program Supporters
Greener Pastures Charitable Foundation provided seed funding in 2012 for UCI’s adult inpatient massage pilot program.
TheTobin Family has supported Greet The Day for many years, and for three years were the primary sponsors for the adult inpatient massage programs.
During 2014/2015 the Miller Family provided funding for pediatric inpatient massage therapist training.