Milestones

Timeline
2016

Organised its first Community Awareness Carnival on 2 and 3 July 2016 to educate the public about HNF and community partners in supporting aging-in-place.

 

Held HNF’s 40th Anniversary Conference, ‘Futurescape: Home Healthcare – Local and International Perspectives’ on 20 August 2016 at National Heart Centre Singapore. The conference brought engaging dialogues on the anticipated needs of a greying population and a sharing of community and home healthcare frameworks both abroad and in Singapore for the future.

Extended call centre and emergency nursing services till 9pm on weekday nights that enabled HNF to be more responsive in addressing patients’ after-hours emergency needs.

 

Celebrated its 40thanniversary by holding an inaugural Portraits of Love Photo Exhibition between 22 April 2016 to 24 April 2016 at Raffles City. The exhibition showcased a series of photos and profiles of HNF patients with their families.

2015

Launched home therapy service in November 2015 with therapists seconded from AWWA.

 

HNF care teams were realigned according to the six MOH defined Restructured Health Systems (RHSes), each anchored by a restructured hospital. Through this system, HNF is able to facilitate a smoother patient transition from acute to community care.

2014

Reviewed and redefined brand promise to ‘Embracing you with all-round support’ represented by new corporate logo featuring two hands wrapping around to form a heart.

 

Held its HNF SG50 Exhibition: “38 Years of Home Nursing in Singapore” to mark Singapore’s 50th year of independence. In conjunction with the Singapore Memory Project of the National Library Board, the four-month long exhibition was showcased at different libraries around Singapore.

2013

Embarked on the Integrated Home Care IT System (IHCITS) to enable HNF clinical staff to coordinate holistic care through a multidisciplinary patient-centric platform. The new system eased data collection, internal work coordination, and resource utilisation, leading to improved operational efficiency and productivity.

2012

Celebrated its 35th anniversary with a Fundraising Gala Dinner with proceeds going towards three areas — supporting services for our needy patients, a new initiative of health checks for caregivers from needy homes, and the publication of improved literature for patients and caregivers.

2007

Set up its first call centre through the support of a corporate adoption by the Air Line Pilots Association Singapore (ALPA-S), to handle nursing care enquiries.

2004

Became an Independent Voluntary Welfare Organisation (VWO) on 1 April.

2003

Relocated from its headquarters at Dunearn Road to its present location at Toa Payoh Central Community Building on 5 April.

1998

Rebranded and adopted a new lilac nurse uniform and a new logo with the theme “A Pulsating Heart within the Community”.

1994

Established Independent Living Centre (ILC) at Alexandra Hospital to allow elderly and their caregivers to try out the latest home-care equipment and aids.

1993

Started Continence Clinic in Tampines SCHCC to manage urinary incontinence among the elderly. This service was subsequently extended to all SCHCCs.

1986

Set up its first Senior Citizens’ Health Care Centre (SCHCC). Over the next seven years, nine more centres were set up.

 

Started offering rehabilitative and day-care services in conjunction with its core services of home nursing

1982

Registered on 20 December as an Exempt Charity under the Charity Act.

1977

In its first year of operations, 11 nurses were seconded from MOH to spearhead our home care services, most of which were maternity cases in its early days.

1976

Established on 2 October by Dr Toh Chin Chye, Minister of Health, to address the urgent need for affordable home-nursing care in Singapore.