Of all the types of love, a mother’s is the strongest. … A mother’s love is unconditional and eternal. A mother will do anything for her children, regardless of their age!
A 98-year-old mom went viral after moving into the same nursing home her 80-year-old son was in order to take care of him.
Ada Keating is an exceptional woman who wanted to stay by her son`s side when they needed each other the most. Even in her age, she knows best, and it seems that both of them are grateful for the closeness in the picture below.
Tom Keating, Ada’s son, moved to the Moss View care home in Huyton, Liverpool as he needed more care than what could have been given to him at home. The next year, his mom decided to move into the same nursing home because she couldn’t stand being without him. Mother and son are so grateful they get to spend their time together, playing games and watching TV to pass the time.
About the Keatings
Ada and Tom have always been very close, mostly because Tom never married but lived with his mom for all his adult life. As Ada explained, they have certain daily routines, so he knows what to expect. “I say goodnight to Tom in his room every night and I’ll go and say good morning to him,” she said. “I’ll tell him I’m coming down for breakfast.”
They have a very deep bond even in their old age. When I go out to the hairdressers he’ll look for me to see when I’m coming back,” she said. “When I get back he’ll come to me with his arms outstretched and give me a big hug. You never stop being a mum.” Tom added, “They’re very good here and I’m happy to see my mum more now she lives here. Sometimes she’ll say ‘behave yourself.’ She’s very good at looking after me.”
Tom is the oldest of 4 children; he had 3 sisters, Janet, Margi, and Barbara who passed away at 13. Tom worked as a decorator and painter before he retired while his mom worked as a nurse at Mill Road Hospital before her retirement. Their family members visit them often and are very happy to see them together. “There’s no parting them. It’s reassuring for us that they’re both getting looked after 24/7,” Debi Higham, Ada’s granddaughter said.
Philip Daniels, the manager at this nursing home, said he is very happy the mother and son can be together at his facility.
“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,” he said.
He added, “It’s very rare to see mothers and their children together in the same care home and we certainly want to make their time as special as possible. They are inseparable.”