New building for Bright Hill Evergreen Home officially opens in Punggol

New building for Bright Hill Evergreen Home officially opens in Punggol
The exterior of Bright Hill Evergreen Home, located in Chua Chu Kang, pictured in Oct 2012. A bigger building close to nature now houses the 248 residents of Bright Hill Evergreen Home. Their new premises in Punggol Field were officially opened on Saturday by Deputy Prime Minister Teo Chee Hean.

SINGAPORE - The eldercare home was previously located in Senja Road. The new nine-storey building is near the Punggol Waterway, with day rooms on every floor for residents to congregate for social and recreational activities as well as their daily meals. Venerable Sik Kwang Sheng, chairman of the home, said in his welcome address: "Located next to a river with a natural habitat, residents can experience the serenity of living close to nature and enjoy the scenic view while undergoing therapeutic activities."


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Here is the full press release from Bright Hill Evergreen Home:

 Bright Hill Evergreen Home in Punggol Officially Opens

Bright Hill Evergreen Home (BHEH) officially opened today at its new premises at 100 Punggol Field following its relocation from 21 Senja Road. BHEH is one of the four new nursing homes that the Ministry of Health (MOH) has completed this year, as part of the Government's efforts to site aged care facilities in every neighbourhood around Singapore. Located in the heart of Punggol, BHEH will provide eldercare services to residents living in the north eastern region of Singapore.

2. The Home was officially opened by Deputy Prime Minister and Member of Parliament (MP), Pasir Ris - Punggol Group Representation Constituency (GRC), Mr Teo Chee Hean today, at a plaque unveiling ceremony. The event was attended by more than 300 guests including Ms Penny Low, MP for Pasir Ris - Punggol GRC, community partners, representatives from MOH and the Agency for Integrated Care (AIC), and the nursing home's neighbouring establishments such as corporate donors and regular volunteers.

3. As a newly-developed nursing home, BHEH is more purpose-built, larger and operates on an enhanced set of processes to achieve its desired model of care. During its development, BHEH worked closely with AIC on areas including infrastructure design, business process and job redesign, manpower and training needs as well as improving on IT systems to support the new work environment. By addressing these areas, the Home has successfully restructured its services to deliver better quality of care to its residents, improve on the value of jobs for its employees, and raise productivity and efficiency.

4. With the relocation, BHEH is now a spacious nine-storey building and has expanded its capacity by 68 beds to 248 beds. A unique feature of the Home is its "open concept" design with some lush greenery for the Home's residents to enjoy. BHEH is also located near the Punggol waterway, allowing residents to enjoy the cool breeze and its scenic view. Every floor comes with a Day Space, designed to host social and recreational activities for the residents such as art and craft programmes, games and therapy exercises. In addition, the Day Space also serves as a "living room" for residents to congregate and interact during meal times. Another new feature of the Home is the tightly supervised wards which include well-secured doors, which can only be opened with access cards. This is to ensure better security and safety of the residents, particularly for residents with dementia, without restricting their freedom to move around.

5. "With the move to a high-rise premises and in-take of more residents, we have to re-engineer some of our processes to ensure we remain relevant and improve efficiency with the aim of enhancing residents' experience. For example, we used to have a common area on the ground floor for residents to take their meals. It is not feasible in the new premises. Hence, we invested in meal trolleys, which can keep the food warm, and decentralised the taking of meals at respective floors. Residents get to eat their food at an appropriate meal time without having to stagger meal hours and doing away with logistical inefficiency of transferring residents to a common floor." said Bhikkhu Sik Kwang Sheng, Chairman of BHEH.

6. Chief Executive Officer of AIC, Dr Jason Cheah said, "Our warmest congratulations to the Management and employees of Bright Hill Evergreen Home on its opening. AIC is glad to have supported the Home in strengthening its capabilities to deliver quality and innovative care to its residents. We are thankful for nursing home operators such as Bright Hill Evergreen Home and their commitment to partner us in developing facilities within or near residential areas. This would make it convenient for families to visit their seniors and help preserve family ties. By locating these facilities within the community, it is our hope that more seniors can age in place gracefully near their loved ones."

7. MP Ms Penny Low said, "I am very happy to welcome Bright Hill Evergreen Home into our vibrant Punggol community. The opening of the Home today marks a milestone for our residents in the North eastern region. We look forward to working closely with BHEH in the future as a key member of our Punggol community. I am confident that our Punggol community will embrace the Home's residents into our hearts and continue to play a part in caring for them through ongoing outreach and volunteer activities."

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