This page contains information specific for dementia care in various cities of Kerala, 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.
- Helplines and major information sources for elders.
- Dementia-related material in various Indian languages (including Malayalam).
- General tips for locating relevant resources in a city.
NATIONAL DEMENTIA HELPLINE: 04842808088 (Mon-Sat 10 AM-4 PM). E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
This helpline was officially inaugurated at 18th ARDSICON at Guwahati on 30th November, 2013, and is an initiative of ARDSI National Office, and supported by Cochin Shipyard. You can get information on dementia and care here, as well as information on dementia resources in India.
Other Kerala-based Dementia Helplines: 09846198471,09846198786, 09846198473 (managed by ARDSI National Office)
In September 2014, the Kerala State Government State took cognizance of dementia as an issue that needs a specific health strategy, separate from general geriatric care, and began initiatives to handle this. A public-private joint venture of Govt. of Kerala and the ARDSI National Office, Kerala State Initiative on Dementia, is now starting various projects under the name: Smruthipadham, with the first such initiative beginning operations in May 2015 (more below in specific cities)
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(ARDSI National Admin Office)
|ARDSI (Alzheimer’s and Related Disorders Society of India) is one of the main resources for dementia caregivers in India.
Contact ARDSI National Administrative Office:Alzheimer’s and Related Disorders Society of India
National Dementia Helpline: 04842808088 (Mon-Sat 10 AM-4 PM). E-mail: email@example.com
Their website is here but calling them up is better for updated information on events and chapters. (also, some information on ARDSI on our website)
Smruthipadham (Kerala State Initiative on Dementia) , a public-private joint venture of Govt. of Kerala and the ARDSI National Office proposes starting a dementia day care centre at Thrissur. Please contact the National Dementia Helpline for updates and contact information.
Govt Medical College,Thrissur
Others from Thrissur district:
(Respite care and other facilities)
Offers dementia day care and respite care. Set up with the support of various Rotary Clubs and other bodies, the Harmony Home in Kottapady is now fully managed by ARDSI National Office.
Phone:0487-2558524, 04885-223801, 222939
Pakalveedu Day care
ARDSI chapter and Malabar Harmony Home respite care
| ARDSI – Calicut (Kozhikode) Chapter
ARDSI Calicut chapter conducts screening camps at locations like Oceanic Polyclinic, Thondayad junction and PVS Hospital. If a problem is detected, an appropriate referral is made.
(Contact details confirmed August 2015)
Malabar Harmony Home, Calicut (Kozhikode)
Provides day care and respite care, and future plans include training on geriatric care, memory clinic, awareness programs. This initiative is managed by ARDSI National Office.
Malabar Harmony Home address (from Oct 1, 2013) is:
ARDSI chapter, Day Care Centre, and Cochin Harmony Home
Day care at Aluva
Bethesda Hospital, Perumbavoor
ARDSI – Kochi (Cochin) Chapter
Comprehensive Day Care Centre
Contact: Madavana Temple Road, Vennala.P.O
Phone: +91-484 2808088, 9846198471, 9846198786
Cochin Harmony Home
Smruthipadham (Kerala State Initiative on Dementia)
Contact: Smruthipadham, Fulltime Dementia Care Centre,
Dementia Day Care (Rotary Club, Aluva)
Please contact them or the National Dementia Helpline for details.
Memory Clinic The ARDSI Cochin Chapter and Lakeshore hospital collaboratively run a weekly memory clinic at VPS Lakeshore Hospital, Kochi. Contact them for details.(updated: Sep 2016)
(information on all these also available from the National Dementia Helpline and firstname.lastname@example.org)
ARDSI Kottayam chapter
|ARDSI – Kottayam Chapter
Grace Hospital, Aymanam P.O.
Phone: 0481-2598404 Mobile: +91-9447306586
Contact: Mr. M.J. Sebastian, E-mail: email@example.com
ARDSI Pathanamthitta chapter
|ARDSI – Pathanamthitta Chapter , Kaithavana Building, Thekkemala P.O, Kozhanchery, Pathanamthitta – 689 654, KERALA
Ph: +91 468 221 9682
Conatct person: Mr. M.G. Sasidharan
Email (call if there is no response to email): firstname.lastname@example.org
(data confirmed November 2015)
(Trivandrum Chapter of Alzheimer’s and Related Disorders Society of India)
ARDSI chapter and Snehasadanam respite care
( Thiruvananthapuram district)
Snehasadanam Respite Care
Phone: +91-471-2134151 (landline Snehasadanam)
A report of a 2-day seminar on dementia organized by the chapter is here: Two-day seminar on Dementia ). This report may help identify some experts and organizations working in the field of dementia in India.
|Pain/ Palliative Care||
Kerala is very active in palliative care and has several educational institutes and organizations for palliative care. Several hospitals here offer palliative care services in association with these organizations. You can check out Pain and Palliative Care, Thrissur and their directory for palliative care resources in Kerala . Or Pallium India (Trivandrum) and their Kerala directory .
When getting palliative care, please remain alert that the doctors advising you are familiar with applying palliative care for dementia.
ARDSI National Office also is actively working to create good palliative care support for persons with dementia, and has ongoing projects for this. Contact the national office for details and updates (scroll up for the ARDSI National Office contact details). You can also consult them to understand which palliative care resources in Kerala are best suited for your needs.
|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.
Helpage India helpline in Kochi: (tollfree) 1800-180-1253
The Kerala Police website does not seem to be listing a helpline specifically for senior citizens yet, but check it out for information and various helplines/ emergency contact numbers anyway: http://www.keralapolice.org/ and http://www.keralapolice.org/newsite/helpline_numbers.html
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|Helpage India, Kochi||
Contact Person Mr. Biju Mathew, State Head – Kerala
Ask them about 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.
|Red Cross, Kottayyam
||Red Cross, Kottayam provides 24-hour attendants for many cities in South India.
Contact: Indian Red Cross Society, Kottayam District Branch, Red Cross Tower, Nagambadom, Kottayam- 686001,
Ph: 0481-2300238, 0481-2560238
|Other sources for information on attendants, old age homes, etc.||–|
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
- 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 Kerala", "dementia care Kerala", "old age homes Kerala."
- Combine your search string with various versions of the city name in searches, such as Kerala, Kochi, Kotayyam, Thiruvanthapuram, Trivandrum, Trissur, Trichur, Trissur, Thrissur. So, a search could be "old age homes Kerala" or "dementia Thiruvanthapuram"
- The larger hospitals of the city will usually have memory clinics to help the initial diagnosis of dementia. Search for "memory clinic Kerala" 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: email@example.com) 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).
Please contact the resources listed above if you are looking for dementia/ care support in Kerala. If you are looking for resources in other Indian cities/ regions, or across India, check out these links:
- City-wise/ region-wise dementia resources: City-wise resources
- Resources/ organizations working in dementia/ elder care across multiple Indian cities: Resources across India
Other useful links:
- Quick access to essential caregiving tips: Caregiving Essential Toolkit
- Discussion on trained attendants for dementia home care : Using Trained Attendants for Dementia Home Care
Disclaimer: This page was last updated in April, 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.