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.
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."
Ms Penny Low, Member of Parliament for Pasir Ris-Punggol Group Representation Constituency, said that besides bringing aged care closer to Punggol residents, the move also offers more volunteering and career opportunities. "On behalf of Pasir Ris-Punggol GRC, I would like to wish the home every success in its operation and look forward to future partnerships in our community," she added, in her speech at the opening ceremony.
Bright Hill was completed under the Ministry of Health's Build-Own-Lease model where it builds and furnishes homes, then leases it to operators on renewable two-year terms.