CNS aims to support seniors in staying active, healthy, engaged and connected to needed health and social care services through:
- Active ageing: Encourage seniors who are well to stay active, healthy and socially engaged by participating in active ageing activities.
- Befriending: Connect seniors who are lonely or at risk of social isolation with befrienders or neighbour volunteers in their neighbourhood.
- Care and support: Ensure frail and vulnerable seniors get necessary health and social support services.
Announced by Finance Minister in Budget 2016, CNS has been piloted in Choa Chu Kang, Marine Parade and Tampines Group Representation Constituencies (GRCs). In these pilot sites:
- 1 in 2 RCs in the three pilot sites have started weekly active ageing programmes. On average, more than 1,000 seniors attend these programmes every week.
- Over 600 seniors who are at-risk of social isolation or live alone have been linked up with a befriender, neighbour volunteer or the Care Line tele-befriending service.
- And more than 700 seniors with complex needs were referred to MOH/CNS Office (CNSO) for further assistance/intervention under the CNS programme in the three pilot sites.