History of the Red Cross Home for the Disabled
The Red Cross Home for the Disabled has a long history, dating back to July 1952. Formerly named the Red Cross Home for Crippled Children (along the coastline of Changi beach former Tanah Merah Road), it was established to care for children who contracted Poliomyelitis, or infantile paralysis following World War II.
The Home was renamed the Home for the Physically Handicapped Children in 1976. The Home was then relocated to a site at Netheravon Road (also referred to Changi Creek, now occupied by Club CSC@Changi) to make space for the new airport.
It was later closed for a few years before it was officially opened in 1989 at Elizabeth Drive (former Princess Elizabeth Primary School) that was vacated. The Home was renamed the Red Cross Home for the Disabled.
The Red Cross Home for the Disabled was relocated to Family Link@Lengkok Bahru in March 2010, a move which enhanced the Home’s overall capacity by more than 50 percent. A Day Activity Centre was also set up to offer respite to caregivers during working hours.
Today, the Red Cross Home for the Disabled provides residential, respite and day care services for about 100 adults and children with multiple disabilities.
What We Do
With a team of dedicated nursing professionals, therapy and healthcare aides, physiotherapists as well as occupational and speech therapists, we provide quality care to those who are unable to carer for themselves due to their unfortunate disabilities.
Residential and respite care:
We focus on enhancing the physical, mental, social and emotional well-being of more than 100 residents.
Physical activities to enhance their mobility
Creative activities to stimulate their minds
Social activities to engage and bring joy to the residents
Support to the family to enhance quality of life and to provide psychosocial support
We also encourage regular family visits and home leaves during festive periods, for the benefit of the residents.
Day Activity Centre:
We provide day care services to those who can return home to their loved ones in the evenings.
Specialised transportation service is also provided by our TransportAid programme, which picks up the beneficiaries in the morning and brings them home at the end of the day.
Today, we serve more than 100 beneficiaries at our Home. However, our presence means that their caregivers and family members, potentially hundreds more, can go about their livelihoods and earn a living, with the assurance that their loved ones are well cared for, at a home away from home.
Befriending our residents
Discover their different personalities and be awed by some of the profound talents of a few of our savant individuals. Bond with our residents through conversations and reading and develop lasting friendships.
Please click here to view our YouTube video on Red Cross Home for the Disabled.
It doesn’t take much to make them smile; your mere presence would most certainly make them beam with happiness. Come join us and give the gift of a smile…you may be surprised at what a huge difference a smile can make!
Some things to note:
As we are sharing the building with the Syariah Court, vehicle access to the building is restricted. We may allow for the loading and unloading of goods, but you would have to prompt us in advance by providing us with the vehicle license plate number(s) so that we can get clearance from our security counter. All vehicles must be parked at the nearest HDB parking lots.
The photos taken during the visit are strictly for internal circulation only and not to be published on any print or electronic media such as Facebook, Blogger, Twitter, Myspace, Tumblr, the company website, newsletters, newspapers etc. If a need arises, permission must be sought as we need to screen the photos and seek family consent for pictures with the residents before it can be published. We seek your kind understanding on this matter.
Red Cross Home for the Disabled (RCHD)
8 Lengkok Bahru #04-01 Family Link @ Lengkok Bahru Singapore 159052
Contact Number: 6762 1029
Visiting Hours: 10am-6pm daily. For first-time visitors, please call the Home so that an orientation can be arranged at the premises.
How to get there?
From Lengkok Bahru: Bus 139
From Jalan Bukit Merah: Bus 14, 123, 139, 147, 153, 196, 197, 198, 855, 961, 961C
From Redhill Station: 10 to 15 Minutes walk to the Home
From Tiong Bahru Station: Transfer to Bus Service 63 after Exit A from the MRT Station