There is no stronger bond than the love between a mother and her child.
Mom Ada Keating is truly the epitome of this.
Ada is at the grand old age of ninety-eight. But instead of putting her feet up and enjoying retirement, she has moved in to a care home, to look after her 80-year-old son.
Tom Keating became a resident at Moss View care home in Huyton, Liverpool, in 2016.
Tom needed additional care and support from the dedicated health professionals who work there.
Just over a year later his mother Ada decided to move into the same home. She now helps to look after her eldest child.
The mother and son, originally from Wavertree, U.K, are inseparable and love spending time together.
Their relationship is particularly specials as Tom never married and has always lived with Ada.
Ada said: ‘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. 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.’
Tom said: ‘They’re very good here and I’m happy to see my mom more now she lives here.’
‘Sometimes she’ll say “behave yourself”. She’s very good at looking after me.’
Ada and late husband Harry had four children – Tom, Barbara, Margi and Janet, who died at the age of 13.
Before he retirement Tom worked as a painter and decorator. Ada worked as an auxiliary nurse.
Ada’s granddaughter Debi Higham and other members of the family are regular visitors to the care home.
Debi said: ‘There’s no parting them. It’s reassuring for us that they’re both getting looked after 24/7.’
Care home manager Philip Daniels 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. They are inseparable.’