Key Milestones

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.

Launch of HNF
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.

1982

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

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.

1993

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

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 (Source: AR2010/2011, page 2

1998

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

2003

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

2004

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

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.

2012

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

2013

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