If you are part of a close family, you learn pretty fast just how important it is to look out for one another. In good times, bad times, or those in-between, having a family member’s back is paramount.
In the spirit of such love, loyalty and devotion, 98-year-old Ada Keating recently moved into Huyton, Liverpool’s Moss View care home to tend to her 80-year-old son, Tom.
Tom, a retired painter and decorator, originally moved into the home in 2016 to receive more hands-on care and support. Just over a year later, Ada, a retired auxiliary nurse, moved in as well.
The Liverpool Echo says the Keatings “are inseparable and love spending time together.” Their primary activities include playing games and watching television.
“I say goodnight to Tom in his room every night and I’ll go and say good morning to him,” explained Ava. “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.”
She continued: “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!”
“I’m happy to see my mum more now [that] she lives here,” said Tom, who never married, and has always lived with Ava. “She’s very good at looking after me. Sometimes she’ll say ‘Behave yourself!’”
For the extended Keating family, having Tom and Ava under the same roof again is definitely comforting.
“There’s no parting them,” commented Ada’s granddaughter Debi Higham. “It’s reassuring for us that they’re both getting looked after 24/7.”
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