Ada Keating, a 98 year old mother, 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 because he needed additional care and support. And just over a year later his mother Ada decided to move into the same home to help look after her eldest child. The mother and son, originally from Wavertree, are inseparable and love spending time together playing games or watching Emmerdale. They share a special relationship 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 mum.”
Tom said, “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.’
Ada and late husband Harry had four children, Tom, Barbara, Margi and Janet, who died at the age of 13. Before his retirement Tom was a painter and decorator at HE Simm building services. Ada was an auxiliary nurse at the former Mill Road Hospital.
Ada’s granddaughter Debi Higham and other members of the family are regular visitors to the care home on Page Moss Lane, and say they are happy Ada and Tom can be together again. 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.”