St Johns Home for the Elderly
Over the next two decades, the profile of Singapore society will see a deep and profound change: most of the Baby Boomers are now 65 years or older. By 2030, the number of seniors above 65 in Singapore will increase to a number where one in five Singaporeans will be above the age of 65.
The scope of this task asks for a fresh, collective effort, though the issue at hand is as old as mankind: we all will grow old, lose our vigour, some of our mental agility - and still, we want to bear these frailties of old age with dignity.
For some, the old age comes with additional challenges, as they are so unfortunate not having a home, not having children or any other close relatives to look after them. A problematic economic situation often goes hand in hand with emotional hardship. Loneliness, being faced becoming demented or feeling like an unbearable burden to your next of kin can be overshadowing all our aspirations of an “active third age” or “aging with dignity”.
St. John's Home was started as a home for the destitute and the really poor. These days, there are also other families who require care from institutions like St. Johns as they offer counselling and they operate as a crisis shelter. Sometimes, even the most loving caregivers are out of their depth when it comes to care for seniors with dementia. Some cases are referred to them with the urgent need for accommodation and care as they involve family violence.
St. John’s Home for the elderly has profound experience in providing more than just shelter. They put a lot of emphasis on embracing the hardship of ageing and enable the seniors to to live out their golden years in comfort and dignity.
St. John’s home is a long-term residential care and offers accommodation, meals, basic first aid and laundry services. Medical care and check-ups complete the basic needs and if necessary, staff accompanies residents to their medical appointments. For optimal physical health, there are two full/time physiotherapist aids, working out individual plans with each senior. There are fixed counselling sessions for groups or on individual basis and if need be, an assistant counsellor is available 5 days a week. Volunteers play an important role in the social recreational activities, like Bingo or Karaoke. Outings, special dinners or other activities organised by visitors are the highlights in the schedule.
The charity faces a great challenge for the coming year, as their lease will expire. Besides the financial challenge, that this situation creates, the services that they aspire to render to the elderly in terms of quality of life might be at risk. The management group is putting in extra effort, to raise the necessary funds, so that the home can stay on the current location. Nevertheless, it is already clear, that they will have to deal with a substantially reduced land area and come up with new solutions how to best use it.
To provide shelter and to care for the physical and spiritual needs of such elderly persons as have no home or suitable accommodation and no children or close relatives who have adequate facilities for looking after them.
Society with the Commissioner of Charities
IPC (institution of public character) status until 2018
Member of National Council for Social Service (NCSS)