St. Joseph’s Home
Location: 36 Jurong West Street 24 Singapore 648141
St Joseph’s Home was first established in 1978 by the Catholic Welfare Services (CWS), with the aim of giving care to the poor and elderly. The Canossian Sisters have assisted the Catholic Welfare Services to run the home since its inception. The Canossian Alumni Association organises annual visits to the home on every 1 May.
When it first opened, the home had 23 admissions. By the time it moved to its present location in 1993, with larger and improved amenities, it had the capacity to care for one hundred residents.
The hospice wing was set up in 1985 due to the pressing need to provide end-of-life care to patients with terminal illnesses.
In 2014, work began on renovating and expanding the Home. Residents were moved to temporary premises at Mandai. On 16 May 2017, a blessing was held for the re-developed building and its staff. The celebration began with a Mass celebrated by Friar John-Paul Tan and concelebrated by other Franciscan Friars. Friar John-Paul pointed out the spiritual significance of the home and the need to “treat residents with the respect and dignity that they deserve”. The celebrations also saw music performances by students from St Anthony’s Canossian Primary School. The home could now admit up to 412 residents. New amenities have also enabled the home to conduct forms of exercise like hydrotherapy and music therapy.
The official re-launch was scheduled on 19 March 2018, together with the celebrations for its 40th anniversary. The new and improved St Joseph’s Home can now admit up to 412 residents. It continues to offer nursing and hospice services as well as new amenities that cater to residents with more specialised needs such as an indoor pool for hydrotherapy as facilities for music therapy. A very unique feature of the Home is the co-location of a childcare centre within its premises.
The board Chairman of CWS, Mr Thomas Tan said that in the design brief, it was envisioned that the integration of space and services would create a “home for the future”. Not only is St Joseph’s Home a showcase of how virtual technology can be used, it is also a role model for promotion of how inter-generational interactions can have a positive impact on the well-being of the elderly while helping the very young to be open and accepting of the aged and the ageing process.
Photo credit: St Joseph’s Home