COMNET Senior Service
COMNET Senior Service (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 eight Active Ageing Centres from Sin Ming to Pasir Ris, and a Senior Group Home in Sengkang. These centres are supported by the Community Case Management Service (CCMS) and Community Resource, Engagement and Support Team (CREST).
Active Ageing Centres (AAC)
COMNET's AAC promotes the social-health wellbeing of seniors through social and recreational activities. We encourage seniors to participate in, volunteer with and organise activities of their interest. We also support socially isolated and vulnerable seniors to age well in their own homes and communities through befriending and collaboration with other community partners.
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.
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 Resource Engagement and Support Team
The AIC-funded Community Resource Engagement And Support Team (CREST), which launched in 2013, is a support network that provides community resources, engagement and support services to seniors at risk of or suffering from depression and/or dementia. CREST addresses gaps in the provision of mental health services for the community and integrates services between families, health and social agencies. The network also supports caregivers, who may be susceptible to or are suffering from caregiver stress.
The Good-To-Go (GTG) programme is designed to encourage seniors aged 50 and above to engage in conversations on life and death with an open mind, and to normalise discussions surrounding these matters. The programme comprises awareness talks that introduce early planning tools, as well as groupwork sessions for seniors to embark on a journey of self-exploration through various conversations, activities, and partnerships.