98-year-old moves into a nursing home to look after her 80-year-old son
Mothers will do anything for their kids. As babies, kids and teenagers, a mother feels extra responsible to wipe noses, tie shoelaces and force-feed a vegetable or two every now and again. But after they finish school and start to show signs of "growing up", maternal duties seem to lessen. And that can be devastating for any mum to accept.
Luckily, it wasn't quite so bad for Ada Keating, who at age 98 moved into the same aged care home as her 80-year-old son Tom to help look after him. Tom moved into aged care home Moss View near the UK's Liverpool last year after it was decided he needed a bit more care and support. Fast-foward a year later, his mum decided to move into the same facility so she could help care for him again too.
Tom is Ada's eldest child, and staff say the two are "inseparable" and love spending time together. They hang out all the time, with their favourite activities including competitive board gaming and kicking back to watch long-running British soap opera series Emmerdale. The pair has always been close, as Tom never married and has always lived with Ada.
"I say goodnight to Tom in his room every night and I'll go and say good morning to him," she told Liverpool Echo. "I'll tell him I'm coming down for breakfast."
"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," she said, in classic motherly fashion.
Ada and her late husband Harry had four kids together. Tom had three sisters: Barbara, Margi and Janet, who sadly only lived until she was 13.
In any case, he seems to be thrilled to have his mother around in his new home, especially given the apparently excellent quality of care there.
"They're very good here and I'm happy to see my mum more now she lives here," Tom said.
"She's very good at looking after me. Sometimes she'll say 'Behave yourself'."
Looks like she might still be trying to keep her only son in line, as in any mother-son relationship. Still, it's a very unique relationship for them to have remained so incredibly close their whole lives, and it seems to be inspiring the care home staff too.
"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 Philip Daniels, who is the manager of the care home.
"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."
Ada and Tom are regularly visited by other family members, including Ada’s granddaughter Debi Higham. Debi commented saying they're happy they're together again, saying: “There’s no parting them!"
“It’s reassuring for us that they’re both getting looked after 24/7,” she added.
Bless Ada for still prioritising the well-being of her son, especially at her ripe old age.