When you’re a mom, you never stop being a mom. Not when you’re sick, not when you’re exhausted, and just like for Ada Keating from England, not even when you’re 98 years old. Ada’s son, the 80-year old Tom Keating, was moved into Moss View Care Home in Liverpool, England in 2016.
Tom and Ada were originally from Wavertree. Tom lived with his mom for his whole life, as he was never married. Ada used to be an auxiliary nurse, while Tom was a painter and a decorator prior to retiring.
Tom had to be moved to Moss View Care Home because he needed additional support. And, just a year later, Ada joined her son so she could personally take care of him.
Ada has four children, and Tom was the oldest. He has three sisters, Barbara, Margi and Janet, who sadly died when she was just 13.
The two spend a lot of time together, enjoying simple activities such as watching their favorite TV shows, playing a game, or just drinking tea.
In an interview with Liverpool Echo, Ada said that she says goodnight to Tom every night, and greets him good morning every morning.
This loving mom tells her son when she’s coming down for breakfast, and Ada even says Tom looks for her asking when she’s coming back when she’s going to the hairdressers.
Tom was truly happy be reunited with Ada, saying: “They’re very good here and I’m happy to see my mum more now she lives here.”
In an adorable video, the mother and son shared some of the things they love doing together:
There’s no denying that the two are inseparable, even their family and the staff at Moss View Care Home can see it.
Philip Daniels, the manager of the care home, said: “It’s very touching to see the close relationship both Tom and Ada share and we are so pleased we were able to accommodate both of their needs.
It’s very rare to see mothers and their children together in the same care home and we certainly want to make their time together as special as possible.”
Their family members are happy that they are both getting the help they need, too. As, Debi Highman, Ada’s grandchild said, “It’s reassuring for us that they’re both getting looked after 24/7.”
It’s true that being a mother can be really tiring: you dedicate your time and effort to your children. You put their needs first — from the time you discover you’re having a child, and pretty much for the rest of your days.
But, really, all the tiring days and sleepless nights are nothing compared to the amount of joy and peace a mother feels in her heart in knowing that her child is happy and healthy. No matter how exhausting it can get, you’d do it all again in a heartbeat, and just the same as Ada, you’ll continue doing it regardless of your age.