On Call discusses hospice, end-of-life care on Jan. 18

On Call discusses hospice, end-of-life care on Jan. 18 The Jan. 18 edition of On Call focuses on end-of-life care and hospice.

Producer Lindsey Meyers and Medical Editor Dr. Rick Holm will visit with health professionals about hospice programs and how to help relieve caregiver stress.

"Hospice is a wonderful system of care that provides comfort to patients that no longer respond to cure-oriented treatments," Meyers said. "We'll talk with a family who has been helped by hospice, and we'll discuss many other angles of end-of-life care."

In addition to the regular Jan. 18 show, a special On Call devoted to Alzheimer's disease is scheduled for Jan. 21 and it will air at 9:30 p.m. The program will re-air on Jan. 25.

On Call is a weekly program about medicine on South Dakota Public Broadcasting-Television. The South Dakota Cooperative Extension Service produces the program.

On Call is the only medical program endorsed by the South Dakota State Medical Association and the South Dakota Department of Health. It is made possible by major underwriter support from Sioux Valley Clinic and Avera Health. Additional sponsors include The South Dakota Foundation for Medical Care, GlaxoSmithKline, Dakotacare, Brookings Hospital, Rapid City Regional Hospital, Swiftel Communications and Friends of SDPB.

The program is broadcast at 4:30 p.m. on South Dakota Public Broadcasting-Television. Viewers can call 1-888-DrOnCall (1-888-376-6225) with questions for the program any time of day. Or submit questions through the On Call Web site, http://oncall.sdstate.org/.

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