Making Rounds With Oscar

Making Rounds With Oscar

The Extraordinary Gift of An Ordinary Cat

Streaming Audiobook - 2010
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Oscar the cat has a very special skill. An otherwise ordinary cat-he'd sooner give you his back or a sideways glance than curl up on your lap-Oscar has the uncanny ability to predict when people are about to die. Adopted by staff members at Steere House nursing home when he was a kitten, the three year-old cat has presided over the deaths of more than twenty-five nursing home residents thus far. His mere presence at the bedside is viewed by physicians and nursing home staff as an almost absolute indicator of impending death - a blessing, really, because it allows staff members to notify families that the end is near. Oscar is highly regarded by the physicians and staff at Steere House and by the families of the residents whom he serves because he provides companionship to those who would otherwise have died alone. When Dr. David Dosa, an attending physician at Steere House, wrote about Oscar in the New England Journal of Medicine, the response was tremendous, with coverage everywhere from Today to People to CNN. Now Dr. Dosa expands his story, using the cat and the stories of several patients to examine end-of-life care as it exists today. Heartfelt, inspiring and sometimes even funny, it allows readers into a world rarely seen from the outside and often misunderstood.
Publisher: [United States] : Blackstone Audio, Inc. : Made available through hoopla, 2010
Edition: Unabridged
ISBN: 9781481553421
1481553429
Characteristics: 1 online resource (1 audio file (6hr., 35 min.)) : digital
Additional Contributors: Porter, Ray 1965-
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quilltychriss
Aug 09, 2011

DrDosa does a wonderful witty job of describing the perks of having animals or pets in your daily or near daily life. The real story however here is on ALZHEIMERS and just what caregivers have to go through concerrning the burden of having family members in their care desperately trying to cope with dementia. of course, the desperation is relative as to who's point you look at it - th patient, relation, caregiver, doctor, nurse, etc. and especially whether these incredible people have any quality of life at home or in a nursing facility. at times, the only constant in their minds would be the family pet, or the residential animal who would be in tune to their needs.
i certainly do believe Oscar and his feline friends do possess the intuition or connection that the members of their family have with them and they do indeed know when they would do well to be present - or should i quote - act as a 'bridge' and be their for the patient when they die. Akin to something quite spriritual one would think, yes?
I highly recommend this wonderful quirky book about Oscar and more importantly to find out so much more about what your love ones (and you) experience with ALZEIHMERS! Enjoy.

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lisastitch
May 04, 2010

While Oscar--the cat who senses when people are about to die and stays with them until the end--is the thread that holds the book together, it is really more an account of Dr. Dusa's conversations with the patients and families who benefitted from Oscar's help.

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