There is nothing stronger than the love between a mother and her child, and this story is a perfect example of just how strong that bond is. Ada Keating joined her oldest son Tom (who is 80) in a nursing home at the age of 98. She moved there not because she needed extra care, but specifically to look after her child.
Ada and her late husband Harry had four children. Their eldest son Tom worked as a painter and decorator before retiring. But the man needed skilled care – so Tom ended up in a nursing home. After some time Ada also moved in with him, as she felt her son needed her.
“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 told the Liverpool Echo. “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 mom!”
Mother and son are inseparable: they love spending time together, playing games, and watching TV. Tom said he enjoys having his mother around.
“She’s very good at looking after me. Sometimes she’ll say ‘Behave yourself!’” he 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,” said manager Philip Daniels. “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.”