Resources for dementia care: Kerala cities

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

NATIONAL DEMENTIA HELPLINE: 04842808088 (Mon-Sat 10 AM-4 PM). E-mail: ndh@ardsi.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)

Facility Address and other details
Kunnamkulam
(Thrissur district)

(ARDSI National Admin Office)
(National Office of Alzheimer’s and Related Disorders Society of India)

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
Guruvayur Road, P.B.No. 53
Kunnamkulam – 680 503, KERALA
Tel: 04885-223801

National Dementia Helpline: 04842808088 (Mon-Sat 10 AM-4 PM). E-mail: ndh@ardsi.org
Other Dementia Helplines: 984 619 8471, 984 619 8473, 984 619 8786
E-mail: ardsinationaloffice@gmail.com
office@ardsi.org

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)
(The older website, http://www.alzheimer.org.in , is not kept updated and information there is obsolete)
ARDSI also has presence on Facebook: ARDSI National Office FB page, National Dementia Helpline FB page, and Alzheimer’s & Related Disorders Society of India FB group (public group).

Trichur (Thrissur)
(Thrissur district)

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
Message from Dr. K S Shaji: Dept of Psychiatry at Govt Medical College,Thrissur-680596,Kerala runs a weekly Geriatric Psychiatry Clinic at the Medical College(Fridays:10.00 am to 12 noon. We also run a monthly geriatric Psychiatry clinic at the Community Health Center at Vatanappilli (0487-2600760) which cater to four grama panchayaths. Both these clinics offer specialized dementia care services. We provide guidance and support to caregivers.

Others from Thrissur district:

Kottapady
and
Thalikakulam
(Thrissur district)

(Respite care and other facilities)


Harmony Home, Kottapadi

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.

Contact: ARDSI
House No.611, Kottapady Angadi,
P.O. Kottapadi – 680505,
Near Guruvayur Trissur District, Kerala, India

Phone:0487-2558524, 04885-223801, 222939
Email: alzheimr@md2.vsnl.net.in

Pakalveedu Day care
(run by Vikas Trust and Manappuram)
Thalikakulam, Thrissur
Phone: 9526563216

Calicut (Kozhikode)

(Kozhikode district)

ARDSI chapter and Malabar Harmony Home respite care
(Calicut/ Kozhikode Chapter of Alzheimer’s and Related Disorders Society of India

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.
The chapter details can be obtained from the Malabar Harmony Home (managed by ARDSI National Office, see below).

(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:
Malabar Harmony Home (ARDSI)
VII / 621, VENGERI (PO)
BALUSSERY ROAD,
CALICUT – 673 010, Kerala.
PH: 08893 270 500
Project Officer: Stephen K J, Mobile 9745907653.

E-mail: mhhcalicut@gmail.com

Cochin (Kochi)

ARDSI chapter, Day Care Centre, and Cochin Harmony Home
(Kochi/ Cochin Chapter of Alzheimer’s and Related Disorders Society of India)

Day care at Aluva

Smruthipadham, Edavanakkad

Bethesda Hospital, Perumbavoor
(Ernakulam district)

ARDSI – Kochi (Cochin) Chapter
Dr. Mathew Abraham, President, Consultant Neurologist. The updated chapter details and functions can be obtained from the Comprehensive Day Care Centre listed below.

Comprehensive Day Care Centre
This comprehensive dementia day care centre is managed by ARDSI National Office

Contact: Madavana Temple Road, Vennala.P.O
N.H.By Pass , Palarivattom
Cochin – 680 028, KERALA
Phone: 91 484 280 8088

Phone: +91-484 2808088, 9846198471, 9846198786
E-mail: ardsicochin@gmail.com

Cochin Harmony Home
This respite care/ full-time facility is managed by ARDSI National Office
Address: 11/298 Near SNDP Junction, Kumbalangi P.O.
Cochin – 682 007,KERALA
Phone: +91 484 224 0705

Smruthipadham (Kerala State Initiative on Dementia)
A full-time Dementia Care Centre has begun functioning in Edavanakkad,Ernakulam since 20th May, 2015. This is part of the project, Kerala State Initiative on Dementia, a public-private joint venture of Govt. of Kerala and the ARDSI National Office (Alzheimer’s and Related Disorders Society of India). Services provided in this full-time care are free, and seats are limited.

Contact: Smruthipadham, Fulltime Dementia Care Centre,
Govt. Old age Home, Illathupady,
Edavanakkad, Ernakulam
Kerala 682502
Ph: 08592007761 E-mail: ksidekm@gmail.com

Dementia Day Care (Rotary Club, Aluva)
This dementia day care, set up with initial consultancy from ARDSI National Office, is now fully managed by the Rotary Club at Aluva (Kochi).
Rotary Snehabhavan
Alzheimer’s Day Care
Kaniyamkunnu, 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)

Bethesda Hospital
This psychiatric hospital admits persons with dementia after consultation with Dr. S Shaji. Contact:
Bethesda Hospital
Vengola,Perumbavoor
Ernakulam
Dr. S Shaji’s phone: 9495470550

(information on all these also available from the National Dementia Helpline and ndh@ardsi.org)

Kottayam

ARDSI Kottayam chapter
(Kottayam Chapter of Alzheimer’s and Related Disorders Society of India)

ARDSI – Kottayam Chapter
Grace Hospital, Aymanam P.O.
Kottayam, KERALA
Phone: 0481-2598404 Mobile: +91-9447306586
Contact: Mr. M.J. Sebastian, E-mail: mjsebastian02@yahoo.co.in

Pathanamthitta

Pathanamthitta district

ARDSI Pathanamthitta chapter
(Pathanamthitta Chapter of Alzheimer’s and Related Disorders Society of India)

ARDSI – Pathanamthitta Chapter , Kaithavana Building, Thekkemala P.O, Kozhanchery, Pathanamthitta – 689 654, KERALA

Ph: +91 468 221 9682
Conatct person: Mr. M.G. Sasidharan
Ph: 09846185475
Email (call if there is no response to email): sasidharanmg@yahoo.com
(data confirmed November 2015)

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

ARDSI chapter and Snehasadanam respite care

( Thiruvananthapuram district)

ARDSI – Trivandrum (Thiruvananthapuram) Chapter
and

Snehasadanam Respite Care
(Contact details confirmed September 2015)

Lions Bhavan
N.H.Bypass Road
Thiruvananthapuram – 695 027,KERALA

Phone: +91-471-2134151 (landline Snehasadanam)
Mobile: +91-9895342229 (Ms Shally Abraham, Project Director)
Email: georgemathew_in@yahoo.com, d.kuttappan@yahoo.co.in

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.

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Helplines and other resources for elders

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

Facility Address and other details
Helpage India, Kochi

Contact Person Mr. Biju Mathew, State Head – Kerala

Address:
39/5370, 4th Cross Road, Panampilly Nagar,
Ernakulam (Kochi), Kerala – 682 036
Tel.No: 0484 – 4036118 / 2310836
Mobile: 09447209678
E-mail: kochi@helpageindia.org

Site: http://helpageindia.org

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.

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Dementia-related material in various Indian languages (including Malayalam)

Dementia/ Alzheimer’s Resources in Malayalam

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 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: 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 Kerala. 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 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.

29 thoughts on “Resources for dementia care: Kerala cities”

  1. Looking for a clinic or hospital for dementia care and old age care. Not old age homes but a hospital or clinic where the specialist doctors and nurses help is available in kerla – if available would like to the details

    1. I am sure the organizations listed above will be able to assist you, especially the various ARDSI chapters in Kerala. Senior and specialist doctors are involved with many of these, and will be able to either help you themselves, or direct you to other resources.

    1. Please contact 04842808088 (Mon-Sat 10 AM-4 PM)or 984 619 8471, 984 619 8473, 984 619 8786 for possible resources in Trichur

    2. Please check out this link. This is a retreat for the elderly situated 50kms from Thrissur at Kuttipuram. I happened to interact with the owner of this setup and from the website, it seems quite impressive. Im yet to make a personal visit to this facility
      http://www.sobhamct.com/

      1. Sobha MCT has (as per their terms and conditions checked in December 2014) very strict admission criteria and does not seem suitable for someone who needs care and who is expected to deteriorate over time and need more and more care. (For example, their terms and conditions clearly state: “c. Applicants should be physically and mentally independent to carry out the activities of daily living.”)

        Basically, the facility seems designed for mentally alert and reasonably healthy elders who don’t happen to have children nearby. Prima facie, therefore, it does not seem designed to accept or handle persons with dementia.

  2. Thank you for putting up this resource. My mother lives in Cochin and is still quite active but needs help when going to see her doctors once or twice a month. Is there a service where she can call in advance and have someone accompany her to the doctor’s office and bring her back. How will I find such resources? Thanks again for your help.

    1. Betty, I don’t have any specific suggestions, but here are some ideas on locating help. You can check with services for seniors–sometimes some NGOs have volunteers who will support seniors at home to help them remain independent. Helpage India may also know of relevant resources. The doctors/ nurses themselves may have some idea of who can help. Another possibility is contacting colleges that have programs for intergenerational work by volunteer students. Do drop by again and share what you found…

  3. Let me first compliment your efforts. We are looking for a trained attendant for my father 90+, with dementia and who has no eye sight. Any specific suggestions and resources. Location in Madurai. Would appreciate response ASAP
    D.Narayana Moorthi
    July 22, 214

    1. I don’t have any specific suggestions, but do check the tips above for locating help in your city. You can also contact the National Dementia Helpline to and the local Helpage and Elder Helpline to see if they have any suggestions for your city.

      Unfortunately, we are often unable to get attendants trained for dementia care and have to employ normal attendants (usually available from nursing bureaus, etc.) and train them ourselves. You may find the discussion on this page useful: http://dementiacarenotes.in/caregivers/toolkit/using-trained-attendants-for-dementia-home-care/

      In case you find some good source, please do share back, as that information may help other caregivers also.

  4. Dear Sir or Madam,

    My brother, sister and I are looking for a suitable place for our English mother, Jacky Malone (77) to live with full time, dementia care.

    Our mother is physically fit at 77 years of age and has no physical ailments except for her gradually increasing level of dementia. Mum remembers us but her short term memory lapses quite often. Mum is a charming person, who has greatly enjoyed travel in her life, loves to draw, go for walks and is a naturally creative person. Mum is very good with other people and makes friends easily.

    We are interested in looking at a very nice, comfortable nursing home, with specialized dementia care and activities, where mother can live and be cared for by skilled people who understand the disease and manifestations of dementia.

    Our sister, Kate Malone, has traveled extensively in India, so we understand the culture and morays. We like the idea of our mother being there, provided that there is expert care from people who understand and know how to deal with dementia patients.

    Can you please write back to us and let us know if you can advise us in this regard, of any live-in care facilities, in a wonderful environment in India, that would suit our mother.

    Thank you very much.

    1. There are very few live-in care facilities in India suitable for someone with dementia. However, do look around the site’s city-wise resource pages if you wish to locate and contact possible places for her stay.

      More important, I am not sure how suitable such a stay (in India) will be for someone from a different cultural background. As dementia progresses, she may be more comfortable with things familiar to her from her past–the songs, smells, music, way of talking, etc., that she has experienced in her younger years. Adjusting to something very different is more difficult for someone with dementia, even if they were adventurous and creative when younger. A different country with different languages and customs could cause stress and discomfort, and be extremely disorienting. Communication may also be more problematic because of the different cultures. I suggest you talk to your local Alzheimer’s Association to understand the pros and cons to consider while selecting a place suitable for her stay.

  5. Hi,

    The effort you are putting in for dementia care is great.I have found it difficult to get a proper day care for My father who is healthy ,but increasing dementia.It will be great if you can suggest any dementia day care centers in Alappuzha Or Thiruvalla area.

    thank you
    suresh

    1. Try contacting the National Dementia Helpline numbers mentioned above on the page in case they are aware of any such centres. Also, try contacting Helpage India local branches. Best of luck.

  6. This is a request. My father is demincia patient .I am searching for a centre where they train how to handle such type of persons in Kerala particularly in Trivandrum . Thanks in Advance.

    M.S .PILLAI

    1. You can try contacting the NATIONAL DEMENTIA HELPLINE at 04842808088 (Mon-Sat 10 AM-4 PM). E-mail: ndh@ardsi.org.

      Or contact the ARDSI Trivandrum Chapter, Lions Bhavan, N.H.Bypass Road, Thiruvananthapuram – 695 027,KERALA

      See more details on the page above.

  7. This is a request , My Mother -in -Law is a dimenita patient. so we need one good care taker for her. If you have good people or authorized agencies please send me the number.It is urgent.

    thanks

    1. Please contact the resources mentioned above, especially the National Dementia Helpline or any ARDSI or Helpage chapter in your city.

  8. My mother is 85 years and needs some one to look after her properly like bathing ,feeding and helping her in sitting or walking,cleaning her place etc. She is living in trivandrum. Where can I go for a trusted and sincere lady to look after ?

  9. Dear Madam,
    I father is 64 years old having dementia. Please mail me whether there are any hospitals or centers that will help him to reduce dementia so that he can do his own simple things like going her bathroom, etc

    1. Please contact any dementia organization in your city, such as your city’s ARDSI chapter. The city pages on this site will give you a starting point to locate such organizations; a list of the city-wise pages is here: http://dementiacarenotes.in/resources/city-wise/

      You can also read the page here for ideas on what you can do to help your father become more independent and to do normal tasks more easily, and how to help him, etc.: http://dementiacarenotes.in/caregivers/toolkit/adl/

      It is also useful to understand how to talk and understand persons with dementia more effectively. This page discusses various tips and includes a video on communication. http://dementiacarenotes.in/caregivers/toolkit/communication/

      Contact us by email (see our contact page) if you need more pointers on how to proceed.

      Another useful

  10. My father is 84 years from a middle class family and has memory problems. We would like to enroll him in a Day Care or full time Care Centre in Thrissur which provides services at nominal fees. We are unable to afford fees of some Centres where charges are very high.

    1. It is not clear whether your father has dementia or just age-related memory problems. if you have not contacted doctors to get his investigations/ diagnosis, please do that, because sometimes such problems can be reduced/ resolved by treating an underlying medical problem. The resources listed above will be able to help you reach organizations that can do such investigation.

      In case your father needs dementia care, the resources listed above may be able to help suitable place/ useful suggestion. Also, contact the National Dementia Helpline to see if they know anything suitable.

      Often, when it is not possible to find a suitable day care/ full-time care, families manage by putting together smaller simple solutions based at home, after using experts/ volunteer agencies to learn how to provide suitable care and environment for someone with dementia. That is, they learn how to adjust their homes to make lives easier for the person, show how to improve communication with the person and help them better (and with less stress), show them how to engage the person using activities that can easily be done at home, etc. Once family members know these, they are usually able to either do these themselves by taking turns. Or, if that is not possible, they are able to employ part-time help and then train and supervise the home help for taking care of the person with dementia. Most families handle this at home because day cares/ full time cares are not available/ not convenient/ too expensive for them.

  11. Good morning,
    I married in India a few years back and have moved here permanently from Canada. My father has dementia and is under care in a hospital in Ottawa Canada however the care is very poor. I am living in Varkala with my husband and would like to know if there are any good facilities nearby where my father could move. It would meant the world to me if he could live near me and i knew he was receiving love and good care. Please share any recommendations you may have. Thank you so much for your time and assistance. Shara

    1. Dear Shara, I suggest you see the page above to see if something is worth pursuing and evaluating, or contact the National Dementia Helpline (their numbers are also given on this page on the top).

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