In 1965, Ms Ursula Khow and her sister, Ms Teresa Hsu founded “Welfare Resthome” to care for the aged sick and destitute at No. 27 Jalan Payoh Lai, Singapore.
Since the Home then could shelter only 16 residents, there was a need for expansion. Ms Khow approached Mr. George Gray Thompson for assistance and together with a group of friends from Rotary Club, Mr. Thompson formed the Society for the Aged Sick which took over “Welfare Resthome” on 14 February 1968.
Ms Khow donated her piece of land at 27 Jalan Payoh Lai to the Society and the Society took over the overall management of the land and building. 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 Puan Noor Aishah, wife of our first President Yusof Ishak, and the Home was officially opened by Mrs. B.J. Sheares, wife of our second President Sheares on 6 November 1971.
With the ever growing waiting list of prospective residents, the extension to accommodate more residents was done twice and in 1983, the Home had 9 wards to accommodate 180 residents at full capacity.
In 1991, the Society was notified of the government acquisition of the land at 27 Jalan Payoh Lai. In January 1999 the Home shifted to the new 3-storey building with 192-bed capacity at the current location of 130 Hougang Avenue 1. In 2006, an additional 4th storey was constructed which expanded capacity to 244 beds.
In 2013, the Society completed its latest expansion to 404 beds via the construction of a new 9-storey annex building. On 31 July 2014, we had the honor of having the Health Minister, Mr Gan Kim Yong, to officiate the opening ceremony of the new building.