The newly renovated home celebrated its 40th anniversary on March 19

Archbishop William Goh and Dr Amy Khor, Senior Minister of State for Health, got a first-hand experience of virtual reality technology at St Joseph’s Home. It is a project by Westwood Secondary School students.

By Jared Ng

Residents of St Joseph’s Home can now enjoy reminiscing their favourite places of old with the help of virtual reality technology.

The technology creates a simulated environment to immerse the user inside a 3-D and 360-
degree experience.

It simulates senses such as sight, sound and touch, and allows users to interact with the simulated environment.

This special service was showcased during the official opening of the newly renovated St Joseph’s Home, located at Jurong West, on March 19, the feast of St Joseph.

The event also marked the nursing home and hospice’s 40th anniversary.

Archbishop William Goh and Dr Amy Khor, Senior Minister of State for Health, got a first-hand experience of how the virtual technology worked.

Westwood Secondary School students came up with the project for St Joseph’s Home.

Other highlights during the opening included performances by residents as well as children from a childcare centre located within the home. There was also a video presentation on the history of St Joseph’s Home and its journey towards its 40-year milestone.

Archbishop Goh, Dr Khor (on his right) and Sr Geraldine Tan (on his left), executive director of the home, were among those present to celebrate the 40th anniversary of St Joseph’s Home.

In his address, Archbishop William Goh said that St Joseph’s Home focuses on “providing holistic care through love and compassion”.

The home is “not a place where the aged wait for death but instead a place where they live meaningful lives,” he said.

Dr Khor in her speech emphasised the importance of activities that encourage interaction between young and old such as the intergenerational playground on the home’s premises that was launched in August last year.

Other new features of the home include a new dementia ward for up to 72 residents and an indoor pool for hydrotherapy, a rehabilitation programme to help seniors with mobility issues and to reduce pain.

The home can also house up to 20 hospice residents.

A St Joseph’s Home resident working on a puzzle.

St Joseph’s Home was set up by Catholic Welfare Services in collaboration with the Canossian Sisters at Gek Poh Road (currently part of Jurong West) in 1978. In 1993, the home moved to its current location where it remained until September 2014. It later moved to temporary premises at 9 Mandai Estate due to redevelopment works. It moved back to its current location in 2017.

The six-storey home can now accommodate up to 412 residents.