FRESH from opening its sixth location in Balestier, Orange Valley Nursing Homes is looking into expanding abroad and is also eyeing business areas beyond inpatient treatment.
Lyn Edel Yip, the deputy chief executive of Singapore’s largest private nursing home operator, told reporters on Wednesday that the company is thinking of growing its footprint locally and in markets like Japan and China.
It is also in discussions with e-commerce retailer Qoo10, through which it hopes to sell medical supplies from Life-Medic Healthcare Supplies, an Orange Valley subsidiary.
Ms Yip said: “We want to position ourselves as the eldercare provider, not limited to just nursing homes. We have a trajectory of services in Invest Healthcare, from medical supplies to outpatient (care) to nursing homes.”
Orange Valley Nursing Homes is a subsidiary of Invest Healthcare, formerly known as Orange Valley Healthcare.
Orange Valley is also considering offering residential care for psychiatric patients within the next three to five years.
The idea is that medically stable patients can work and re-integrate into society while staying in an Orange Valley home, rather than at the Institute of Mental Health (IMH).
Ms Yip said: “We hope to look into it to help them and provide the right care to integrate them back into society.”
She was speaking to reporters who were touring Orange Valley’s 118-bed Balestier centre, which opened on Jan 2. It is the first centre in the chain to provide outpatient rehabilitation services such as post-surgery convalescence and mobility and functional training.
The centre, which has a staff of 20, has a dedicated physiotherapy room featuring a therapy machine for bed-bound patients and a multi-purpose hall.
Besides open wards, there are also beds in single, two-bed and four-bed rooms and two deluxe suites.
Rates range from S$3,500 to S$9,000 a month depending on room type.
Ms Yip said it is the biggest nursing home in the Balestier-Novena area, and it benefits from tie-ups with the nearby Tan Tock Seng Hospital.
The Balestier centre brings the chain’s total number of beds to 1,027. It also has centres in Clementi, Simei, Marsiling, Changi and Sims Avenue.
Singapore Press Holdings (SPH) acquired Invest Healthcare in April 2017.