Resources for dementia care: Chennai, Coimbatore

This page contains information specific for dementia care in Chennai and Coimbatore, for the convenience of caregivers of patients of Alzheimer’s Disease and other forms of dementia. [read disclaimer]

Facilities for patients of Alzheimer’s/ other dementias

Facility Address and other details
ARDSI Chennai Chapter

(Chennai Chapter of Alzheimer’s and Related Disorders Society of India)

and Madras Memory Clinic

Dr. R. Sathianathen, Secretary,
The Madras Memory Clinic,
D-89, III Cross Street, Anna Nagar East,
Chennai – 600 102, TAMIL NADU

Phone: (044) 2663 1123, 2663 3143
Mobile: (0)98 4101 9910, (0)9444216023
Can also contact Dr. Priscilla or Mr. Kumar Saragapani

E-mail: sathianathen6@yahoo.com
kumarspani@hotmail.com

Other emails:ardsi.chennaiconference@gmail.com
priscilla@madrasmemoryclinic.com
pk_ari@yahoo.com
sathianathan@madrasmemoryclinic.com
Website: http://madrasmemoryclinic.com

ARDSI Chennai Chapter, in association with Sri Ramachandra University and Indian Psychiatric Society, hosted the ARDSI XVII National Conference in November 2012 with the theme “Synergizing Innovative Research and Technologies in Alzheimer’s Care”. The conference website, earlier at http://www.ardsichennaichapter.com/conference.html, seems to have been discontinued (updated: July 2014)

DEMCARES
(Dementia Care in SCARF)

DEMCARES (under SCARF)

The DEMCARES initiative was started in January 2015 by SCARF with the objectives of having clinical service in dementia, research, and also support for caregivers. It is funded by the Infosys Foundation.

Current activities of DEMCARES include diagnosis support, training programmes for caregivers and professional carers, and various types of clinics and support activities. The DEMCARES program is actively expanding, so please contact them for the latest information:

Dementia Resource and Training Centre
No.149, First Floor Greams Dugar Apartments,
Greams Road, Chennai, Tamil Nadu – 600006
Landmark – Opp to Thousand Light Police Station.
Phone: 044-49539768 (L) +917358588822 (M)

DEMCARES recently started a day care at Anna Nagar (inaugurated: September 2016). This day care offers activities and interventions designed for better mental health and well-being of elderly persons with dementia. This is very new, so contact them for days and times, as well as for arrangements regarding food and transport. The address is:

DEMCARES Centre for Active Ageing
R 7/A, North Main Road, Anna Nagar West Extension,
Near Anna Nagar West bus depot, Chennai 600 101
Phone: 044 2615 1073 and 044 4953 9768 (L) +917358588822 (M)

DEMCARES also facilitates a support group for caregivers that is held monthly. Caregivers may contact them to know more and check the dates and timings.

One resource created by DEMCARES is a Chennai resource directory for dementia: (PDF file): Health Care and Resource Directory ; it includes information on professionals, agencies, care centres, services, etc. DEMCARES hopes to keep it updated.

For all DEMCARES work, you can also email: dementia@scarfindia.org
Website: www.dementiaindia.org
Skype: dementiaindia

You can also contact Dr. Sridhar Vaitheswaran, Consultant Psychiatrist at SCARF (Schizophrenia Research Foundation, India) at sridhar.v@scarfindia.org

ARDSI Chennai Chapter Day Care (started October 14, 2013)

Day care for dementia patients

ARDSI Chennai Chapter Day Care

D89, III Street, Anna Nagar East,
Chennai 600102
(Direction tips: opp. Buhari Hotel & close to Adidas showroom & behind Zaitoon Hotel)
Ph: 044-26633143/ 9840931952
Emails: (see above entry on The Madras Memory Clinic)
The day care will function with the help of professional carers and will use scientific therapies like reminiscences, reality orientation and music, and encourage patients to use and sustain the cognitive functions they still have.

Dignity Dementia Day Care

Day care for dementia patients

Dementia Day Care Centre

132(old number.52A), AK block,7th main road,
Anna Nagar, Chennai-600040
Ph: 044 2621 0165
Email: chennaidignity@rediffmail.com

Other dementia/ memory clinics in Chennai Adhiparasakth Clinic / Memory Clinic,
18, A, Flowers Road, Kilpauk,
Chennai – 600 010.
Phone No: +91-44-26412030.
Email : dr_v_s_natarajan@yahoo.com Website (currently not working) at www.geriatricsdrvsn.com Dr. Natrajan has also written a Tamil book on dementia. An alternate contact address is: No.16, 17th Street, “Q” Block, Anna Nagar, Chennai – 600 040. Ph: 044 – 26267282.

Dr. Ravi Samuel,
26/1 Arcot Street
T Nagar, Chennai 600 017
Phone (044) 2372 1418, (044) 2433 7439 Mobile: 09444022054
E-mail: VAI@visionageindia.org and
ravisamuel@urclinic.com Website: http://visionageindia.org and
http://urclinic.com

Read Harmony India’s interview of Dr. Samuel about his work in helping patients: this archived link . Dr. Samuel ‘s Dementia Pictorial Book, which depicts the real story of a teacher developed Alzheimer’s after retirement, is available in both Tamil and English.

Other caregiver support resources

Arunai Thelirchi Maiyam: The centre provides cognitive rehabilitation and support for patients with neurological/psychiatric symptoms and ailments, including dementia. It also supports and trains caregivers, including counselling for them, and conducting stress management sessions. It is managed by Porrselvi A.P., a Specialist in Cognitive and Psychosocial interventions. The center (working days only) is at 48/2/2A, Majestic Apartments, Arcot Road, Saligramam, Chennai- 600 093, their email is arunaithelirchimaiyam@gmail.com, and the contact number is +919047452258 View the Arunai Thelirchi Maiyam website and their Facebook page
An example of their counselling is available in this very useful case study of their work: Dementia caregiving challenges and solutions .

ANEW (Association for non-traditional employment for women: ANEW offers need based training programs in various areas, including nursing assistants. Their training program (including orientation and practical training) is six months long: ANEW Projects . They are a possible source for home care assistants (as in any such service, evaluate suitably): Contact details on website are: ANEW (Association for Non-Traditional Employment of Women), BASIL SELLERS CENTRE, AH 107, New No. 16, 4th Street,Shanthi Colony, Annanagar, Chennai – 600 040. Ph: (91) 044 2620 0697, 044 2621 0492, Email: anew_an@yahoo.in

Pain and Stroke Rehabilitation: A physiotherapy clinic in Chennai offers various rehabilitation programs, including Neurological rehabilitation program with special emphasis on Stroke Rehabilitation. View the Pain and Stroke Rehabilitation website .

SAND Cafe (Support Alzheimer’s N Dementia Cafe), Chennai is a recent initiative that provides an informal Cafe setting where caregivers and persons with dementia can meet periodically for chatting and relaxing. Read an article about SAND Cafe here or contact Vimal Balachander, the person behind it, at 098409 31790 or vimabala4@gmail.com

Some other resources that may be useful because of their rehabilitation or wholistic approaches (especially in case of stroke, and maybe dementia) are VHS (check their Neurology dept) and Trimed .

No longer functioning: CARE3 (Care, Connect, Community): CARE3 (Care Cubed), started by Rama Murali in collaboration with IIT Madras’ Rural Technology Business Incubator (RTBI), used to support caregivers, but stopped functioning around August/ September 2015. Their site www.carecubed.org and Facebook page are discontinued. One video with caregiver interviews is available; see our video and presentation page.

Pain/ Palliative Care

Organizations active in palliative care in Chennai include Lakshmi Pain and Palliative Care Trust , Dean Foundation hospice , and RMD Pain and Palliative Care Trust ).

Palliative care is also available in organizations working in cancer, such as Jeevodaya hospice for advanced cancer and Raksha hospice for cancer, Coimbatore.

When getting palliative care, please remain alert that the doctors advising you are familiar with applying palliative care for dementia.

Palliative resources in Tamil Nadu are listed by Pallium and by Pain & Palliative Care Society .

Vazhikatti Mental Health Centre & Research Institute
Coimbatore

and
ARDSI – Coimbatore Chapter
Dr. K. Selvaraj, Psychiatrist (MD, DPM, DNB)
Vazhikatti Mental Health Centre & Research Institute,
25, Nehru Street, Opp Tirupur Textile Bus Stop
Avinashi Road, Peelamedu
Coimbatore – 641004, TAMIL NADU
Phone: 0422-4397671/ 73,
Mobile: +91-984-225-3053, 984-225-9062
Website: http://www.vazhikatti.com/
E-mail: (try all) jeevaselva@yahoo.co.in, vazhikatti@gmail.com

Vazhikatti had earlier set up ARDSI – Coimbatore Chapter (Coimbatore Chapter of Alzheimer’s and Related Disorders Society of India). This chapter has not been active for some time, though the institute may still be providing counselling/ support relevant for dementia caregivers. Please contact Dr. K. Selvaraj using the details above to know more about what the Vazhikatti Institute offers, or to find out about the future plans for the chapter
(data last rechecked: March 2016)
Please let us know if you have any updates regarding on their work; thanks!!

Dementia awareness events September 2013 (may be good to identify experts/ facilities related to dementia)

Some media reports: World Alzheimer’s Day at Rajiv Gandhi Government General Hospital, with doctors from other hospitals and colleges (event announced , report of event: Pay attention to dementia< /a>). For interviews of other city doctors and some caregivers: Interviews in a report from Hindu.com and Another city report from Hindu.com .

Other resources/ tips for home care/ trained attendants/ caregiver support The resources listed above may be able to provide home care/ attendants trained for dementia, or they may point you to other resources.

The sections below (resources for elders and general tips) may also be useful. Also, please check the comments left by various site visitors, as some of these may point to organizations that other caregivers have used. Please satisfy yourself about any service/ facility before using it.

Unfortunately, it is very difficult to get attendants trained for dementia. You may need to use general attendants and train them on dementia yourself or with the help of volunteers. Our page here, Using Trained Attendants for Dementia Home Care, discusses this topic in detail. You may also find our Caregiving Essential Toolkit useful.

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Helplines and other resources for elders

Senior Citizen/ Elder Helpline Number Chennai/ Coimbatore/ all Tamil Nadu: 1253. (click for helpage website and Tamil Nadu police website emergency numbers ). Also, tollfree number of Helpage India at 1800-180-1253
Dignity helpline: 044 2621 0363

Facility Address and other details
Helpage India, Chennai and Coimbatore

Contact Person : Mr. P R Anbazhakan
Territory Head – Tamil Nadu & Karnataka
Address
3-C, Thiagaraja Complex
853, Poonamallee High Road
Kilpauk,
Chennai – 600 010

Tel. No.: 044-25322149
Mobile: 09940091313
Telefax: 044-26480874
Email: chennai@helpageindia.org
Site: http://helpageindia.org

(Coimbatore): Ms. Anitha. R, Executive – MMU
Moses Gnanambaram Eye Hospital, 80 Big Bazaar Street, Coimbatore – 641001
Tel. No. : 0422-2305716
E-Mail: coimbatore@helpageindia.org

Ask Helpageabout any elder care services and also about any Geriatric Physiotherapy clinic in the city, as such clinics can be useful for rehabilitation of persons with mobility problems and also with dementia.

Dignity Foundation, Chennai 132(old number.52A), AK block,7th main road,
Anna Nagar, Chennai-600040
Phone: 044-2621-0363
Email : dignityfoundation.chennai@gmail.com
Website : http://www.dignityfoundation.com

Contact: Ms Felista

Geriatric House Call projectMay be very useful for persons who are home-bound) Helpline for doctors and nurses at the doorstep
Phone numbers: 26412030, 9884145189, 28231388
Phone for drug delivery service 9962013178

Read more about it at: The Hindu newspaper report .

Other resources for services/ information

One upcoming resource for home care is Portea , a Bangalore-based company that provides various services for home care in multiple Indian cities. Portea is expanding currently, so what they offer keeps changing. Please contact them to check their current status and to evaluate them for suitability and reliability

Elders/ their caregivers can use services of volunteers from Mayacare.com for assistance/ respite (website: http://www.mayacare.com )

India Home Health Care claims to provide home care services and attendants in Chennai (Update Feb 2015: their website is giving some safety warning and hence the link is not provided here)

Red Cross, Kottayam (Kerala), also provides 24-hour attendants for many cities in South India. They may send nurses to cities like Chennai. Contact: Indian Red Cross Society, Kottayam District Branch, Red Cross Tower, Nagambadom, Kottayam- 686001, Ph: 0481-2300238, 0481-2560238

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Dementia-related material in various Indian languages (including Telugu and Urdu)

Dementia/ Alzheimer’s Resources in Tamil

Click here for our full list of dementia/ care resources in various Indian languages (currently Assamese, Bengali, Gujarati, Hindi, Kannada, Konkani, Malayalam, Marathi, Punjabi, Tamil, Telugu, and Urdu): Dementia/ Alzheimer’s Resources in Indian Languages

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General tips for locating relevant resources:

  • A list of local services can usually be obtained by surfing the Internet using keywords and the name of the city, such as "home nursing Chennai", "dementia care Chennai", "old age homes Chennai."
  • Combine your search string with various versions of the city name in searches, such as Chennai, Madras, Coimbatore. So, a search could be "old age homes Chennai" or "dementia Madras"
  • The larger hospitals of the city will usually have memory clinics to help the initial diagnosis of dementia. Search for "memory clinic Chennai" and other such phrases.
  • Updates/ fresh data on dementia support facillities/ services may also be avaailble from the National Dementia Helpline ( 04842808088 (Mon-Sat 10 AM-4 PM). E-mail: ndh@ardsi.org) or other helplines handled by the ARDSI National Office (09846198471,09846198786, 09846198473)
  • The reception/ nurses at local hospitals often know about agencies that supply attendants/ nurses for home care.
  • Many large path lab services also provide home pickup of blood samples.
  • Many neighborhood path labs and small clinics are able to send nurses home for some minor procedures, like IV. Some even have contacts of doctors who may be willing to make home visits (you must satisfy yourself about the quality and reliability)

Also note, contact numbers and addresses keep changing. If you have an old number/ name of hospital/ doctor, etc., you can try to get the latest correct number/ address using local telephone inquiry/ assistance services or services like Justdial (0888-888-8888) and Askme (0444-444-4444).

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Please contact the resources listed above if you are looking for dementia/ care support in Chennai/ Coimbatore. If you are looking for resources in other Indian cities/ regions, or across India, check out these links:

Other useful links:

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Disclaimer: This page was last updated in March, 2016 with whatever information was available and seemed relevant. However, we make no claims that the contents of this page are either accurate or complete, or that the persons/ organizations listed are reliable in any way, or that they are suitable for you (no fitment for purpose is intended or implied). The data is provided merely for information and convenience, and not in any way intended to be an endorsement for any person/ organization/ service/ resource. Also, services offered keep changing, so please contact the organisations to get up-to-date information.

Please note that Dementia Care Notes does NOT provide any services or any medical consultation.

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    (Dementia Care Notes adds: This comment was made by someone from Senior Care India. For all such posts, site visitors are requested to evaluate the facility’s suitability and reliability themselves to decide whether it suits their needs. Some evaluation suggestions are included at http://dementiacarenotes.in/caregivers/toolkit/using-trained-attendants-for-dementia-home-care/ and at http://dementiacarenotes.in/caregivers/toolkit/using-services/)

  3. Please let me know dementia or alzheimer’s patients in and around chennai.since we are doing research on early biomarkers for alzheimer’s disease so please help us.

    1. Rekha, thanks for visiting the site.

      We do not pass on any information about any caregivers who contact us. However, they are free to contact you directly if they want. You will need to give your contact email id and any other details you want to give in your comment so that interested caregivers/ others can evaluate whether they want to be part of your study.

      To caregivers/ other site visitors: Please note that any contact information or other data that you share with us is confidential and never shared with anyone. If you choose to contact someone who leaves a comment on the site, please exercise your own caution before you share anything confidential. Comments posted on the site are not an endorsement of the facility/ study about which the comment may be.

  4. Hi Rekha
    How are you.just last week my mother had been diagnosed with alzheimer dementia .Regarding this I want to talk to you.
    As I don’t know much about this, I want to talk to you.
    Reply much appreciated for how to contact you.
    Thanks
    Regards
    Kalaivani

    1. Kalaivani, So sorry to hear about your mother. I have written to you separately giving my contact information in case you wish to discuss your situation.

      Swapna Kishore
      Dementia Care Notes

      1. please let me know dementia centres in coimbatore since i am doing project on anticipatory grief in caregiver’s of dementia

        1. The page already lists whatever resources we know of in Chennai and Coimbatore. You can contact the National Dementia Helpline to know more, or check out other city pages for dementia resources in those cities. An overall idea of dementia resources in India (as well as information on the National Dementia Helpline) is available on this page: http://dementiacarenotes.in/resources/india/

  5. my father aged 94 years is suffering from cellulitis and dementia.his violence and mood changes are making it difficult to administer/apply medicines. Is there any psychiatrist who will come home and treat my father?

    1. Sorry to hear this. Please contact the resources on this page above to see if you can find a suitable doctor. Also, your city may have some doctor-on-wheels scheme or home care services that can arrange for home visits by doctors. Sometimes polyclinics and nursing homes can also help. I wish you luck.

    2. Hi Uma, We are from Grand World Elder Care, Saibabacolony, coimbatore. We give a care for elders by in-clinic and home care. You come and visit our health care center. Surely it will satisfy your needs.

      see our site: grandworldeldercare.com
      Location: saibabacolony and vadavalli in Coimbatore

      (Dementia Care Notes adds: This comment was made by someone from Grand World Care India. For all such posts, site visitors are requested to evaluate the facility’s suitability and reliability themselves to decide whether it suits their needs. Some evaluation suggestions are included at http://dementiacarenotes.in/caregivers/toolkit/using-trained-attendants-for-dementia-home-care/ and at http://dementiacarenotes.in/caregivers/toolkit/using-services/)

  6. My Brother in law (my own elder sister’s husband) Mr S Balasubramanian has been sufferring from Dementia disease for the past two years and my sister is taking care of him. Due to age factor of my sister, she finds it very difficult to take care of her husband in day to day life and she is getting physically and mentally tired very much day by day. We are searching a home in and around Tirunelveli area to look after Mr S Balasubramanian. Please adv me to my e mail id: narayanan.raman@tvs.in so that we will try for the same. Awaiting to hear from you. R Narayanan, TVS & Sons Pvt. Ltd., LAS dept. ,7B West Veli Street, Madurai 625 001 Phone : 0452-2356486

    1. Sorry to hear about this. Please try contacting the organizations mentioned above on the page to see if they can suggest anything.

      Note that one of them, DEMCARES (an initiative of SCARF) also has a directory of possible resources for dementia caregiving, where you may get some leads.

      You will, of course, need to evaluate places for the suitability and reliability based on your need. Some tips for such evaluation are available as a discussion here: http://dementiacarenotes.in/caregivers/toolkit/using-services/#respite

  7. My dad is suffering from Alzheimer for the last 4yrs and getting worse now. Elder brother is managing the care at home in t.nagar, chennai. Now our mother also gets depressed, feeling drifted, longing for more space and independency. So we felt to look out for senior care facilities in and around TNagar area on monthly basis or can buy affordable Senior Care living apartments in chennai, India.

    1. Please try contacting the various organizations listed above for general and specific suggestions relevant for your situation, especially DEMCARES and ARDSI Chennai Chapter.

      Also, given your situation, please try to get your mother included into some support group, so that she feels less isolated and is able to talk openly about her situation to others who understand. The page above lists some available options in Chennai for this, such as SAND Cafe and there are also online forums.

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