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98-year old mother moves into senior home to take care of her 80-year old son

Originally posted on: March 24,2018      Updated: Aug. 21, 2022

When you’re a mom, you never stop being a mom. Not when you’re sick, not when you’re exhausted, and just like for Ada Keating from England, not even when you’re 98 years old. 

Ada’s son, the 80-year old Tom Keating, was moved into a senior home care called Moss View Care Home in Liverpool, England in 2016.

Tom and Ada were originally from Wavertree. Tom lived with his mom for his whole life, as he was never married. Ada used to be an auxiliary nurse, while Tom was a painter and a decorator prior to retiring.

Ada Keating and son Tom Keating


Tom had to be moved to Moss View Care Home because he needed additional support. And, just a year later, Ada joined her son so she could personally take care of him.

Ada has four children, and Tom was the oldest. He has three sisters, Barbara, Margi and Janet, who sadly died when she was just 13. The two spend a lot of time together, enjoying simple activities such as watching their favorite TV shows, playing a game, or just drinking tea.

In an interview with Liverpool Echo, Ada said that she says goodnight to Tom every night, and greets him good morning every morning.

Mother and son at the senior home care


This loving mom tells her son when she’s coming down for breakfast, and Ada even says Tom looks for her asking when she’s coming back when she’s going to the hairdressers.

Tom was truly happy be reunited with Ada at the senior home care, saying: “They’re very good here and I’m happy to see my mum more now she lives here.

In an adorable video, the mother and son shared some of the things they love doing together: There’s no denying that the two are inseparable, even their family and the staff at Moss View Care Home can see it.

Ada hugging her son, Tom.


Philip Daniels, the manager of the care home, 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.”

Their family members are happy that they are both getting the help they need at the senior home care. As, Debi Highman, Ada’s grandchild said, “It’s reassuring for us that they’re both getting looked after 24/7.”

A family photo of the Keatings.


It’s true that being a mother can be really tiring: you dedicate your time and effort to your children. You put their needs first — from the time you discover you’re having a child, and pretty much for the rest of your days.

But, really, all the tiring days and sleepless nights are nothing compared to the amount of joy and peace a mother feels in her heart in knowing that her child is happy and healthy.

No matter how exhausting it can get, you’d do it all again in a heartbeat, and just the same as Ada, you’ll continue doing it regardless of your age.

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Tuesday 28th of March 2023

Really inspiring story. This is truly European mentality. Family always supporting and loving each other.Age in not limit. Good luck both of you and stay together fir many more years. 🤗


Wednesday 15th of March 2023

What a blessing! Absolutely beautiful.

Friday 23rd of December 2022

Bonnie, suppose a child can't leave the parents for financial, physical, or other reasons? I never left mine, and tried to help/take care of them until they passed. It wasn't easy. I now live with another relative. I would love to be self-sufficient, but because of physical abnormalities/disabilities, I can't.


Saturday 17th of December 2022

I know this might be an uncommon way of looking at life but every child should grow up to leave their parents. The goal of parenthood should be to raise self reliant adults. I’m glad he still has his mommy to look after him.

Monday 1st of February 2021

Happy to see kindness when there is so much violence around the world.

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