COMNET Senior Services
COMNET Senior Services (COMNET), abbreviated from Community Network, has its humble beginnings from the Befriending Service, initiated in 2007. COMNET's mission is to support vulnerable and low-income seniors to live independently and actively in the community. It aims to empower seniors to seek life satisfaction with the support of community resources.
COMNET operates a total of seven Senior Activity Centres (Rental) (SAC-R) and a Senior Group Home in Sengkang. These centres are supported by case management services under the Senior Activity Centres (Cluster Support) (SAC-CS), Community Case Manager Service (CCMS), Community Resource Engagement and Support Team (CREST) and Befriending Service.
COMNET Cluster Support
COMNET's SAC-CS is a key function of the Senior Cluster Networks at Ang Mo Kio/Bishan and Northeast. It provides case management, basic counselling and monitoring services to vulnerable seniors to support and enable them to live within the community.
COMNET Befriending Service
COMNET Befriending Service was developed to supplement existing services in improving the lives of needy seniors through a combination of home visits, telephone befriending and structured activities. Volunteers, known as Carers, befriend and attend to the majority of seniors, while staff members tend to those with more complex needs.
Senior Activity Centres (SACs)
COMNET Senior Activity Centres (SACs) engage seniors in various activities such as morning exercises, games, health and wellness programmes, as well as arts and crafts sessions. The SACs provide regular outreach, monitoring and support to seniors living within the block. COMNET operates seven SACs in Ang Mo Kio, Bishan, Sengkang and Punggol.
Senior Group Home
Located in Sengkang, the Senior Group Home @ Rivervale Crescent is an assisted living option for frail seniors with no or poor family support. These seniors co-reside independently in HDB rental flats retrofitted with elder-friendly features. This enables seniors to continue living in the community by promoting independence and personal responsibility while simultaneously encouraging mutual support amongst residents.
Community Case Management Service (CCMS)
Funded by the Agency of Integrated Care (AIC), CCMS started operations in January 2015. Through the work of case managers (nurses) and social workers, CCMS aims to prevent or delay institutionalisation of frail seniors by delivering holistic care and integrating community-based services to empower seniors to manage their own care with the help of their caregivers and families, encouraging them to maintain their independence.
Community Resource Engagement and Support Team (CREST)
AIC-funded programme CREST begain in August 2013. The team is a support network that provides community resources, as well as engagement and support services to seniors at risk of or suffering from potential depression and/or dementia.
CREST addresses gaps in the provision of mental health services in the community and integrates services between families, health and social agencies. The network also supports caregivers of clients, who may be susceptible or are already suffering from caregiver stress.