Many of you in the Community Care sector would be familiar with Lee Ah Mooi Old Age Home (LAMH), a nursing home that has been around for 55 years. However, there are some lesser-known facts about this family-run home.
1. Its first residents were former Samsui women and Amahs
LAMH was built in the mid-1960s by the late Mdm Lee Ah Mooi, a former nurse who opened the doors of her home in Kampong Chong Pang to care for former Samsui women and Amahs. Some of the existing residents had their loved ones at the home many years ago too.
2. The home was once located in Jalan Kayu
Mdm Lee had to find a new location due to complaints from her neighbours. After searching for about four to five years, she finally found a place in Jalan Kayu. The home moved again 13 years later to make way for the construction of Tampines Expressway.
3. A school once sat on the land
In 1982, LAMH moved to its current location at Thomson Lane, which was previously home to Lee Kuo Chuan Primary School. If you visit the home today, you will see single-storey blocks that were seen in schools of the 1950s.
4. Mdm Lee’s family currently runs the home
LAMH was passed down to Mdm Lee’s two sons, Then Mun Wah and Then Mun Tat, after her passing in 1992. They continue to take care of the home with the support of 60 staff members. The next generation and grandson, Then Kim Yuan, has also been involved with the day-to-day management for the past 11 years.
5. LAMH has opened a second home in 2017
In April 2017, LAMH opened its second home at 148A Silat Avenue, the land where Orange Valley Nursing Home used to sit on. To increase the number of beds from 104 to 132 beds, LAMH has suggested to upgrade the existing building. They also plan to include two passenger lifts, two wards, and new offices. The new home will be an exciting and challenging chapter ahead for LAMH.
Photo(s) credit: Lee Ah Mooi Old Age Home