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.
- Helplines and major information sources for elders.
- Dementia-related material in various Indian languages (including Tamil).
- General tips for locating relevant resources in a city.
|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,
Phone: (044) 2663 1123, 2663 3143
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)
(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
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
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.
You can also contact Dr. Sridhar Vaitheswaran, Consultant Psychiatrist at SCARF (Schizophrenia Research Foundation, India) at firstname.lastname@example.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,
|Dignity Dementia Day Care
Day care for dementia patients
|Dementia Day Care Centre
132(old number.52A), AK block,7th main road,
|Other dementia/ memory clinics in Chennai||Adhiparasakth Clinic / Memory Clinic,|
|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 email@example.com, and the contact number is +919047452258 View the Arunai Thelirchi Maiyam website and their Facebook page
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
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 email@example.com
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 and Facebook page are discontinued. One video with caregiver interviews is available; see our video and presentation page.
|Pain/ Palliative Care||
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.
|Vazhikatti Mental Health Centre & Research Institute
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
E-mail: (try all) firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.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
|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.
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
3-C, Thiagaraja Complex
853, Poonamallee High Road
Chennai – 600 010
(Coimbatore): Ms. Anitha. R, Executive – MMU
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
Email : firstname.lastname@example.org
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
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, and looking for various types of services. Most cities will have some home care services, old age homes, nursing agencies, etc. The larger hospitals of the city will usually have memory clinics to help the initial diagnosis of dementia. Search for "memory clinic" combined with your city name and other such phrases.
- Use various combinations and alternate city names for more suitable results.For example, you may look for Chennai, Madras, Coimbatore , or whatever else you consider useful. Search using locality names also.
- Updates/ fresh data on dementia support facilities/ services may also be available 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 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 includes 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.
Page/ post last updated on: April 3, 2017