How much do you know about your next-door neighbor? If so, do you feel comfortable having them stay with you at your home? Consider inviting them to stay with you in your house.

In 2013, Chris Salvatore moved into the apartment immediately across the hall from Norma Cook, who at the time was 85-years old and owned a cat named Hermes. Chris and Norma became roommates. After exchanging greetings for a while, Salvatore decided to introduce himself, and the two quickly became close. He suggested that Norma move in with him when she was nearing the end of her life since he and Norma had developed a close friendship over the years.

Is your knowledge of your neighbor’s culture up to scratch? Does your relationship with them allow you to allow them inside your home? It’s possible they’d be interested in coming to your house, too.

While Norma Cook was 85 years old and Hermes, her cat, lived across the hall in 2013, Chris Salvatore moved into an apartment right across the hall. Salvatore introduced himself after they had been exchanging greetings for some time, and the two instantly became friends.

Because they had grown to be such good friends, Salvatore, an actor in his 31st year, asked Norma to move in with him when she was nearing the end of her life and required continuous care because he wanted to be there for her.

Norma’s health began a precipitous fall when she became 89 years old. After spending some time at the hospital, Salvatore found out that Cook wouldn’t be able to go home unless she had someone to provide her with round-the-clock care. She was at a loss because she did not have any children and did not have any family nearby.

To help Cook, Salvatore turned to the internet and created a GoFundMe page. After the two closest friends put a few potential caretakers through their paces, the 31-year-old became aware that he would have to take more action.

According to what he shared with TODAY, “the only other alternative was for her to go into a facility.” “I simply could not do that to someone so much like my own grandma,” the speaker said.

Cook was invited to move into the flat that he had.

Salvatore showed his thanks to the GoFundMe community by stating, “I’m so glad I was able to provide her this gift of spending her final days at home.” (I’m so thrilled I was able to offer her this gift of spending her last days at home.) “I can’t even begin to imagine what it must be like to spend the last-days of your life in a hospital, away from your family, friends, and even your pets,” she said. “I can’t even begin to fathom what it must be like to spend the last days of your life in a hospital.”

The two ended up being quite successful in their role as housemates.

“We never miss the news,” Cook said in an interview with TODAY. “Most of the time, all we do is converse while sipping champagne and snacking on peanuts.” Sadly, Cook died away on February 15, 2017, after a long battle with cancer. On Instagram, where Salvatore generally shares his posts about the couple’s antics, he broke the devastating news to his followers.

Salvatore stated about Cook, “She called me the grandchild she never had.” Cook was referring to Salvatore.

Even though Salvatore was under no obligation to assist Cook, he simply could not bear to watch her spend her dying days in the hospital without the company of someone who cared about her.

 

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