Society for the Aged Sick (SAS) is a not-for-profit nursing home with a licensed bed capacity of 404. The Home provides residential and respite services to people in need of daily skilled nursing care and/or assistance in activities of daily living, and who cannot be cared for at home, particularly the less privileged.

We provide a range of services to meet the needs of our residents. They include medical care, nursing care, physiotherapy and occupational therapy, dietary services and dental care. Our social service team together with dedicated volunteers, also provide emotional support and organise activities that help them lead more meaningful and enriching lives.


Adding years of quality life to the elderly


To provide quality care to the aged sick and destitute
To help the aged sick and destitute lead a meaningful and enriching life


In 1965, Ms Ursula Khow and her sister, Ms Teresa Hsu founded ’Welfare Resthome‘ to care for the aged sick and destitute at 27 Jalan Payoh Lai. Ms Teresa Hsu was also the first Matron of the home.

As the home could only shelter 16 residents, and seeing a need for expansion, Ms Khow approached Mr George Gray Thompson for assistance. Together with a group of friends from the Rotary Club, Mr Thompson established the Society for the Aged Sick, taking over the management of the ’Welfare Resthome‘ on 14 February 1968.

Ms Khow kindly donated her piece of land (27 Jalan Payoh Lai) to the Society, for its expansion. Four one-storey houses with a common kitchen were then planned to cater for 100 residents. The foundation stone was laid on 30 August 1969 by Ms Puan Noor Aishah, wife of Singapore’s first President, Yusof Ishak; and the Home was officially opened by Ms B.J. Sheares, wife of Singapore’s second President, Benjamin Sheares, on 6 November 1971.

With the ever growing waiting list of prospective residents, the Home further expanded two times more, to accommodate more residents. By 1983, the Home had nine wards which accommodated 180 residents at full capacity.

In 1991, the Society was notified of the government acquisition of land at 27 Jalan Payoh Lai. As such, in January 1999, the Home shifted to a new 3-storey building with 192-bed capacity at its current location – 130 Hougang Avenue 1. An additional 4th storey was constructed in 2006, increasing the residents capacity to 244 beds.

A massive construction of a new 9-storey annex building was completed in 2013. With this much needed expansion, the Society is now able to accommodate and cater for 404 beds. The new annex was officially opened by Singapore’s Minister of Health, Mr Gan Kim Yong on 31 July 2014

Society for the Aged Sick is managed by the Executive Committee and a team of management staff.

The Executive Committee is in charge of setting the rules and regulations as well as the policies for the Society. All major decisions are considered and approved by the Executive Committee which comprises volunteers from different walks of life.


Executive Committee – 2-year term 2020/21 & 2021/22

Dr Timothy Teoh

Dr Chook Kum Kay
Mr Chew Loy Cheow

Mr Theodor Tan

Mr Ronald Wong Kin Wai

Dr Noel Yeo Sheng Ming

Mrs Liew Soo Wah
Dr Richard Tan Han Shing
Mr Yeo Chuen Eng
Ms Wendy Soh
Mr Johnny Chan Hian Yeow

The day-to-day administration of the Society is undertaken by a team of professional and support staff led by the Chief Operating Officer and the various Heads of Department.


Chief Operating Officer– Ms Kate Koh
Head of Nursing – Ms Sandra Quek
Head of Finance & Procurement– Mr Tong Peng Hon
Head of Rehabilitation – Ms Jolyn Wong
Head of Medical Social Services – Ms Ng Ya Hui
Head of Operations – Mr Tan Yeow Kwan
Head of Admin– Ms Nicole Ong

We are a non-profit organization affiliated to the National Council of Social Service (NCSS).
Our main sources of funding are government subsidies from the Ministry of Health and donations.

Charity Regn. No: 00029
Charity Regn. Date: 6 February 1984
Registration: Society
Date of Establishment: 14 February 1968
ROS/RCB Regn. No: ROS 240/67 WEL
IPC Status
MOH HEF Regn No. HEF 0041/G
Effective Date: 1 September 2018 to 31 August 2021

Please click below for the Society’s audited financial statements: