This is a "home" in the truest practicable sense, for the care, rehabilitation, encouragement, stimulation and happiness of its residents and clients, all of whom are seriously disabled adults of both sexes and various races and creeds, and to give them the chance to live as normal lives as possible.
The Home was started, in 1956, by the late Group Captain Lord Leonard Cheshire, V.C., O.M., D.S.O., D.F.C. on a derelict gun-site beside the sea at Telok Paku, Changi. This was the first Home in the Far East region.
On 23rd December 1957, the first two residents were admitted and seven joined the Home the following year. Over the years, it expanded into a complex with a capacity for 76 residents. The Home was relocated to temporary premises at Changi Creek when the site at Telok Paku was acquired by the Government in 1976.
In 1984, the residents moved to the permanent custom-built Home at Serangoon Gardens within a conducive environment with a heated hydrotherapy pool, practical amenities for therapy, exercises, computer training, handicrafts and recreational facilities like karaoke and movies etc. as well as small-scale hydroponics cultivation of vegetables within its compound. The same complex also houses the Day Care Centre.
Today the Singapore Cheshire Home runs a Residential Home with a capacity for 90 residents who suffer mainly from muscular dystrophy/atrophy, spastic, cerebral palsy, deformities, spinal/head injuries etc. They receive nursing care, physiotherapy and occupational therapy, handicraft, computer practices as well as social and recreational activities.
We also manage a Day Care Centre for the rehabilitation and care of a daily average of 20 non-residential physically disabled clients. Majority of them suffer from cerebral palsy, spinal cord injury, stroke, head injury, muscular dystrophy etc. We encourage and enable these physically disabled clients to achieve, through, rehabilitation, their maximum independence so that they may enjoy happier and as near-normal lives as possible within the community. Services provided to the clients include occupational therapy, physiotherapy, training in daily living skills, arts and crafts, creative as well as social and recreational activities.