Mother Aged 98 Moves Into Care Home To Look After Her 80-Year-Old Son

A Mother’s love is something that no one can explain,
It is made of deep devotion and of sacrifice and pain,
It is endless and unselfish and enduring come what may,
For nothing can destroy it or take that love away.- Helen Steiner Rice

The story of the love of a 98-year-old woman went viral after she decided to move into the same care home her 80-year-old son was living to tend to him.

Ada Keating is the strong woman who, despite her late age, made it her task to take care of her son, Tom, who back in 2016, went to live in Moss View care home in Liverpool, UK, as he needed extra care and support.

To be closer to him and care for her eldest, Ada then decided to move into the same home a year later. The two enjoyed every moment they could with each other there.

The care home is part of the attractive, semi-rural town of Huyton, on the outskirts of Liverpool, and it is a friendly, purpose-built place offering residential, nursing and residential dementia care.

The extensively trained team that works there delivers the entire specialist care and support services needed by residents.

Residents take pleasure in hobbies, such as baking, writing, gardening, dancing, painting, quizzes, and playing chess.

Ada and her son, Tom, have always lived together since Tom never married. In 2016, he moved into the Moss View Care Home in Liverpool, and a year later, his mother followed to help look after him.

Miss Keating, a former auxiliary nurse, said:

“I say goodnight to Tom in his room every night and I’ll go and say good morning to him. 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.”

Mr. Keating worked as a painter and decorator and said he was happy to have his mother at the care home.

Ada and Tom are originally from Wavertree, Liverpool. Tom never married, so they have always had a special connection because they always lived together.

Ada said that they have a routine of sorts:

“I say goodnight to Tom in his room every night and I’ll go and say good morning to him. I’ll tell him I’m coming down for breakfast.”

She stated that they love each other deeply:

 “When I go out to the hairdressers he’ll look for me to see when I’m coming back. 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 that the staff at the care home is good, and he is very happy that he has his mother by his side, looking after him.

Ada and her late husband Harry had four children, and Tom is the oldest and the only boy. Ada’s daughters are Margi, Barbara, and Janet, who passed away at the age of 13.

Before he retired, Tom worked as a painter and decorator, at HE Simm building services, then located on Prescot Road, and Ada worked as an auxiliary nurse.

They are regularly visited by members of their family, and sometimes, up to five generations of the Keating family come to visit.

Ada’s grandchild, Debi Higham, often visits them, and she said:

 “There’s no parting them. It’s reassuring for us that they’re both getting looked after 24/7.”

Phillip Daniels, manager of the care home, stated that they are delighted to have Ada and Tom with them,

 “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. They are inseparable.”

While motherhood can be tiring at times, a mother always dedicates her time and effort to her children, putting their needs first. 

All the sleepless nights and exhausting days are nothing compared to the amount of joy and peace a mother feels in her heart in knowing that her child is happy, safe, and healthy. Just like Ada, mothers will continue doing what is best for their children, regardless of their age. Once a mother, always a mother.

Watch the video below to see Ada and Tom talking about what their typical day looks like: