Enlarging our Tent, Strengthening our Stakes

Enlarging our Tent, Strengthening our Stakes

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4 June 2018

Enlarging our Tent, Strengthening our Stakes

Outdoor groups activities at HillV2 Shopping Mall;

Isaiah 54:2 reads, “Enlarge the place of your tent, and let the curtains of your habitations be stretched out; do not hold back; lengthen your cords and strengthen your stakes.” Over the years, St. Andrew’s Mission Hospital (SAMH) and Singapore Anglican Community Services (SACS) have been faithful in fulfilling God’s call to serve the community. Enabled by Him, we have enlarged our tents to grow His Ministry of Care and strengthened our stakes in the area of health and social care services. 

St. Andrew’s Senior Care (Henderson) clients interacting and enjoying the morning sun at the outdoor garden located within St. Andrew’s Nursing Home (Henderson)

SACS-SAMH Senior Care Centres 
In 2015, SAMH set up St. Andrew’s Senior Care (JOY Connect) at Kampong Glam to provide healthcare services beyond institutional care at St. Andrew’s Community Hospital. 

Clients are encouraged to pick up their meals from a 'stall' within SASC (Tampines)
Outdoor physiotherapy conducted at HillV2 Shopping Mall for Anglican Senior Centre (Hillview)’s clients, aimed to integrate them into the community

Answering God’s call to meet the needs of the ageing population with His love, SACS-SAMH went on to set up Senior Care Centres (SCCs) at Henderson in May 2017, at Tampines in September 2017, at Queenstown in November 2017 and at Hillview in January 2018. All four SCCs provide day care, general and enhanced dementia day care as well as community rehabilitation supported by registered nurses, social workers, physiotherapists and occupational therapists. 

On the first operational day of each centre, our Pastoral Care Team led the teams in prayer, blessing the teams as they dedicate themselves to seeking the welfare of the community together.

Located within Our Tampines Hub (OTH) and HillV2 Shopping Mall, SASC (Tampines) and Anglican Senior Centre (Hillview) provide ample opportunities for clients to continue their daily tasks such as visiting the malls, having a cup of afternoon tea, eating a bowl of laksa at the foodcourt and shopping for their favourite ingredients before their cooking sessions at the centres. Besides the regular gym-based individual and group rehabilitation exercises at the centres, clients of SASC (Tampines) can also choose to participate in other activities of their interests in facilities housed within OTH, Singapore’s first integrated community and lifestyle hub. These activities include playing table tennis in the Community Auditorium, visiting Tampines Regional Library, and appreciating different types of herbs and spices in OTH Eco-community Garden. 

Over at SASC (Henderson), clients get to enjoy their daily morning exercises in the lush garden of St. Andrew’s Nursing Home (Henderson) where the centre is co-located. Similarly, the indoor garden at SASC (Queenstown) provides a calm and relaxing resting area for our clients, away from the bustle of the day care activities. 

Anglican Senior Centre (Tampines and Woodlands)
In 2018, SACS widens its reach to care for Singapore’s ageing population through operating two new Senior Activity Centres (Studio Apartment). The Anglican Senior Centre (Tampines) will partner All Saints' Church to serve the elderly residents in Tampines Changkat. The new centre, which will start operations in early April this year, will provide a place for seniors to be mentally, socially and physically active. The Anglican Senior Centre (Woodlands) will partner Light of Christ Church Woodlands to serve the seniors in Woodlands area and is slated to start operation in third quarter of 2018.  Something Old Something New, a Social Enterprise which focuses on vocational training for the persons with mental health issues, will be featured at the new centres. 

St. Andrew’s Adult Home (Sengkang) 
The Adult Disability Home (ADH) that St. Andrew’s Autism Centre (SAAC) is co-developing with the Ministry of Social and Family Development (MSF) began construction on 21 February 2017. The ADH had its name confirmed as St. Andrew’s Adult Home (Sengkang). A Day Activity Centre (DAC) for up to 50 clients will be co-located with the home, which will have the capacity to house 200 residents. As of 29 December 2017, the third storey multipurpose hall wing and first storey office wing were completed. Work on fittings and equipment, programme, staffing and logistics to support the residential home was on schedule. The new home is slated to receive residents in April 2019.

Nursing Home at Taman Jurong
SACS will also start operating a 290-bed nursing home at Taman Jurong from February 2019. 


Senior Care Centres Location Capacity
SASC (Henderson)

Co-located within St. Andrew’s Nursing Home (Henderson)
303 Henderson Rd, Singapore 108925

15 Day Rehab and 60 Day Care places daily

SASC (Tampines)

Our Tampines Hub
1 Tampines Walk, #04-33, Singapore 528523

15 Day Rehab and 55 Day Care places daily

SASC (Queenstown)

Co-located within St. Andrew’s Nursing Home (Queenstown)
11 Jalan Penjara, Singapore 108925

15 Day Rehab and 100 Day Care places daily

Anglican Senior Centre (Hillview)

HillV2 Shopping Mall
4 Hilllview Rise, #02-22, Singapore 667979

15 Day Rehab and 50 Day Care places daily


Editor’s Note:
For a moving story of how SACS-SAMH's Anglican Care Centre (Hougang) has made a difference in the life of Victor Seah, click here

This article is included in the May 2018 issue of the Diocesan Digest.