$26m nursing complex for Ju Eng Home at Jalan Kayu

The Ju Heng Nursing Home agt Jalan Kayu is adding 250 beds, of which 100 will be purpose built to look after those with dementia. -- PHOTO: ZAOBAO
The Ju Heng Nursing Home agt Jalan Kayu is adding 250 beds, of which 100 will be purpose built to look after those with dementia. -- PHOTO: ZAOBAO

SINGAPORE - The Ju Eng Home at Jalan Kayu, which currently cares for 334 patients, will be expanded to a 584-bed facility by June 2016.

When completed, it will be Singapore's largest nursing home, until the Kwong Wai Shiu Hospital opens its new 12-storey, 600-bed nursing home at Serangoon Road in 2017.

On Sunday, the home started construction of the new $26 million complex which includes a new 4-storey nursing home wing, a 3-storey dormitory for its workers and new facilities such as kitchen and laundry.

The groundbreaking of the facility comes a month after the Ministry of Health announced in August that it would be targeting 17,150 nursing home beds by 2020, up from 15,600 previously - a 10 per cent increase. This is to cater to Singapore's ageing population.