A view of the six-storey home in Jurong West.

A special blessing ceremony was held for the newly redeveloped St Joseph’s Home and its staff.

The celebration, held on May 16, began with a Mass celebrated by Franciscan Friar John-Paul Tan.

Friars Rowland Yeo, Julian Mariaratnam and Francisco Jude Basnayake concelebrated.

St Joseph’s Home is “more than just a healthcare facility,” said Friar John-Paul, “we give God to the residents.”

He said that staff and management of the home play the most important role as they “represent the face of Christ.”

“It is important that we treat residents with the respect and dignity that they deserve,” Friar John-Paul added.

Franciscan Friar John-Paul Tan blessing a room in St Joseph’s Home.

After Mass, the priests blessed the staff before blessing the different areas of the home.

During that time, residents were entertained with music performances by St Anthony’s Canossian Primary School students.

St Joseph’s Home was set up by Catholic Welfare Services in collaboration with the Canossian Sisters at its original location at Gek Poh Road in 1978. In 1993, the home moved to Jurong Road where it remained until September 2014 when it moved to its temporary premises at 9 Mandai Estate due to redevelopment works.

Staff and residents returned to the Jurong home on Feb 18 this year.

St Joseph’s Home currently has about 130 mostly elderly residents. With its redevelopment, the six-storey home can now accommodate up to 412 residents.

The home will start taking in new residents from July this year.

Staff receive a special blessing after the Mass.

New forms of exercises such as music therapy, hydrotherapy as well as physiotherapy have also been introduced to further cater to the mental and physical well-being of residents.

Other facilities include a childcare centre and an upcoming assisted living block for senior citizens. 

By Jared Ng
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