Ada and Tom

Ada and Tom: The Heartwarming Story of the Old-Age Mother-Son Tandem


“You never stop being a mum,” says the 99-year-old mother who moved into a nursing home with her son 81-year old son to take care of him.

Ada and Tom Prove Unconditional Mother-Son Love

A mother’s love knows no bounds. And this story of Ada Keating and her eldest son, Tom, will prove that true. Ada moved into a retirement home to join Tom a year after he first got there to take care of him.

Unconditional Mother-Son Love

Ada had Tom when she was just 18 and gave birth to three more—Barbara, Margi, and Janet, who died at the young age of 13. Tom never married to take care of his mom.

Ada and Tom continue to be inseparable now that they live together at a nursing home in Huyon, Liverpool. They love spending a lot of time together just playing games and watching their favorite show, Emmerdale.

Ada feels a lot closer to her son and describes her daily life at the retirement home, saying, “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.”

Tom also shares the happiness he feels with his mother around. He shared, “They’re very good here and I’m happy to see my mum more now she lives here. She’s very good at looking after me. Sometimes she’ll say, ‘Behave yourself!'”

It’s rare to see a close bond between a mother and a son, especially in old age. Philip Daniels, the manager of Moss View nursing home, expressed the same sentiments, saying, “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.”

The lovely mother-son tandem still lives in the nursing home up until this date. Their family and relatives regularly visit them, and they are at ease knowing that Ada and Tom are well cared for.