The Singapore Cheshire Home was founded in 1957 with the aim to provide a “home” for the care of the seriously disabled having no or limited means and whose families, if any, are unable to provide adequate care. The Home aims to provide 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 and the Training In Independent Living
Today the Singapore Cheshire Home runs a Residential Home with a capacity for 67 residents who suffer mainly from muscular dystrophy/atrophy, spastic, cerebral palsy, deformities, spinal/head injuries etc. They receive nursing care, physiotherapy and occupational therapy, training in daily living skills, handicraft, computer practices as well as social and recreational activities.
Concurrently it manages 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. The objective is to 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.
The Home also conducts the Training In Independent Living
Programme. It is aimed to provide residential training for potentially suitable disabled clients to acquire sufficient skills to enable them to live independently at home and in the community. The objective is to teach them to overcome or ameliorate their physical handicaps, through remedial therapy and training, to the extent that they can live independently and integrate into the community. While on the programme, the clients (trainees) receive remedial therapy, training in the skills of independent living, basic organisational skills, exposure to normal and routine situations including environment awareness, social and recreational activities as well as training in vocational skills (through referral).
The Singapore Cheshire Home, besides managing the above services, has constantly been referring the potentially suitable and ready residents and clients for vocational skills training and job placement. The Home shall also be assisting suitable residents and graduates from the Training In Independent Living Programme, who have no homes to return to, to apply and live independently in government rental flats. To this extent, the Home aims to encourage others to take up the challenge of undergoing the Programme and progress to living independently with pride and confidence in the community. The staff will also continue to maintain close liaison with them and provide essential support through the volunteer support network that has been weaved for them.