A hospice cat at a Rhode Island nursing home has predicted the death of patients in 25 cases by curling up with them in their final hours. The facility treats people with Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s and other illnesses. A doctor that treats patients at the nursing home stated that, “Oscar is better at predicting death than the people who work there.” This allows nurses to alert families when a loved one is about to die. Unfortunately, other nursing homes have to rely on the medical staff to predict when patients are showing signs that death might be imminent. But because nursing homes are understaffed, and nurses are often insufficiently trained, they cannot provide the same attention to the patients that this cat apparently can. Sorry to say, not all nursing homes can acquire a cat with such talents, and nursing staff simply does not have enough time to monitor patients and alert families when death is approaching.
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