Resources for dementia care: Chennai, Coimbatore (Tamil Nadu)

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]

While this page includes several possible dementia care resources and some contact information on these, please note that:
1> You will need to evaluate them for suitability and reliability
2> Entities keep changing their activities, so please contact them for updated information.
3> Though many entities have websites and social media profiles, they may not update them for changes in contact information. If the contact information does not work, try to locate which social media platform they posted recently on and post your query there
4> Note that many organizations do not respond promptly to emails – so if you don’t get a response, call their phone numbers or try Whatsapp. Also, many organizations now use mobile numbers for their main contact even if their sites/ social media profiles show landlines.

Facilities for patients of Alzheimer’s/ other dementias

Helplines for senior citizens

  • National Helpline for SeniCitizens: Toll-free helpline number 14567
  • Helpage helpline: All-India toll-free number: 1800 180 1253 .Contact them for help and also to reach any local numbers.
  • Dignity helpline: Senior citizen helpline at 18002678780 run by Dignity Foundation, working days, working hours only.

ARDSI Chennai Chapter 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) 42629209, Mobile: (0)98 4101 9910
Website:madrasmemoryclinic.com Opens in new window
You can also contact Dr. Priscilla Emails: sathianathen6@yahoo.com, madrasmemoryclinic@gmail.com, sprisci@yahoo.com
Arivazhagan. PK., Project Director, Ph: 044 4262 9209, +91 98402 72060, +91 98410 19910

DEMCARES, Dementia Care in SCARF

DEMCARES is an initiative of SCARF, created with the objectives of having clinical service in dementia, research, and also support for caregivers. Activities include diagnosis support, training programmes for caregivers and professional carers, and various types of clinics and support activities. There is also an active ageing centre. To know more about the current status of various initiatives, contact them at:
R/7A, North Main Road, Anna Nagar West Extension, Kailash Colony Sector A, Near Anna Nagar West bus depot, Chennai 600 101, Phone: 044-49539768 (L) +917358588822 (M)
Email: dementia@scarfindia.org, Skype: dementiaindia
Website: www.dementiaindia.org Opens in new windowYou can also contact Dr. Sridhar Vaitheswaran, Consultant Psychiatrist, at sridhar.v@scarfindia.org

Demcares supports diagnosis and reviews through its regular clinic and tele-consultations that use a mix of video calls and telephone calls. Please contact them for details/ appointments at 7358588822 . Also, check if they offer caregiver support through online meetings and/ or Whatsapp groups.

Additionally, DEMCARES conducts sessions on Understanding Dementia, and has initiatives like Dementia Friends, etc. They train professional caregiver (Tamil and English courses). They also do awareness programs.

Important: On Sep 21, 2021, a 20-bed residential center, Sri T S Santhanam Centre for elderly care, for persons with Dementia was inaugurated. The centre is at Tambaram. Please contact them to find out the process they use for admissions and for any other details etc.

DEMCARES created a Chennai resource directory for dementia (information on professionals, agencies, care centres, services, etc.) in Feb 2016. Download it by clicking on “Dementia Resource Directory” on the page: (PDF file): Health Care and Resource Directory Opens in new window.

Dignity Dementia Day Care.

Dementia Day Care Centre, 132(old number.52A), AK block,7th main road, Anna Nagar, Chennai-600040, Ph: 044 2621 0363, +91 98403 95943 (Felista Jose) / +91 44 7966 1728 / +91 63800 80496 Email: chennaidignity@rediffmail.com,

Geriatric Care Clinic (GCC), Sri Ramachandra Medical Centre

Geriatric Care Clinic (GCC) is part of Sri Ramachandra Medical Centre (SRMC) and aims to provide comprehensive care for persons above 50 years. It offers screening and support for a range of problems such as age-related decline, disability, psycho-social issues, dementia, etc. GCC also does functional assessments, gives guidance on issues that affect elders, and provides caregiver support. Contact them for timings and details.
Geriatric Care Clinic (GCC) [Holistic Elder Care], Room No: 15, A1 Private Clinic, Sri Ramachandra Medical Centre, Porur, Chennai – 600 116
Contact Person : Social Welfare Officer, GCC Direct No : 044-24763137, SRMC Board No : 044-45928500 / Extn: 3419, Mobile Contact : +91-9444220962, GCC Email ID : gcc.srmc@gmail.com, Website page: Geriatric Care Clinic Opens in new window and more details Opens in new window.

Other dementia/ memory clinics in Chennai

Dr. V S Natrajan, Adhiparasakth Clinic / Memory Clinic, Old No.18 A, New No. 50, Flowers Road, Kilpauk, Chennai – 600 010., Phone No: +91 – 44 – 2641 2030 / 4850 7443, Email : dr_v_s_natarajan@yahoo.com,  Site: www.geriatricsdrvsn.com
An alternate contact: Ph: 044 – 26267282.
Dr. Natrajan has also written a Tamil book on dementia. He also has a very useful initiative, Geriatric House Call (www.geriatricsdrvsn.com/geriatric-housecall-program/) which helps seniors get doctors for home visits.

Dr. Ravi Samuel, 26/1 Hariharan Apartment, Arcot Street, T Nagar, Chennai 600 017, Phone 91-44-2433 7439, +91-9941779300, +91-9444022054, E-mail: rsam_67@yahoo.co.uk, ravisamuel@urclinic.com, Site: urclinic.com Opens in new window .
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.

Kauvery Hospital’s Memory Clinic: in September 2019, there was a newspaper announcement about the memory clinic started at the hospital. As per the hospital’s website, Memory ClinicOpens in new window, the memory clinic will operate between 3pm – 5pm and there will be a support group meeting on the second Wednesday of every month between 2pm – 5pm. Contact 044 4000 6000.

Other caregiver support resources

Unified Brain Health Care (UBHCARE): an initiative of Arunai Neuro Centre was set up in February 2020 to provide evidence-based disease management, therapy and support for children, adults and older adults, including persons with dementia. Initiatives aim to provide integrated multi-speciality care for the brain. Bespoke home-based rehab services may be available. Contact them for information and appointments- +919940665767 , +919047452258. Address- 1-1, Sathya Garden, M.G. Chakrapani Street, Saligramam, Chennai, Tamil Nadu 600093, India. , Email address: contact@ubhcare.com
Website: ubhcare.com
The centre is headed by Dr. Porrselvi A.P.,Ph.D. An example of her counselling: Dementia caregiving challenges and solutions Opens in new window.

Dementia Care Foundation: This initiative, started in March 2019, offers various awareness talks, has a support forum, conducts caregiver training programs and offers day care. Please check with them for any changes/ details. 
Contact 91 6383914884, +91 44 4016 5000, Email thedementiacarefoundation@gmail.com, Address: CURI Hospital (Chennai Urology & Robotics Institute) No: 148, 3rd floor, Okkiyam Thoraipakkam, OMR, Chennai – 600096. Also, Check their website Opens in new window. Facebook presence at www.facebook.com/dementiacarefoundation/

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 Opens in new window.

Trimed: This initiative of Dr Ennapadam S Krishnamoorthy offers integrative healthcare that uses modern and traditional medicine for seniors, including persons with dementia. Check Trimed Opens in new window and www.neurokrish.com

Others: One resource that may offer rehabilitation (especially in case of stroke, and maybe dementia) is VHS Opens in new window (check their Neurology dept).

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, Behind Fun Mall, Lane Adjacent to Cheenu Weigh Bridge, Peelamedu, Coimbatore – 641004, TAMIL NADU
Phone: 0422-4397671/ 73, Mobile: +91-984-225-3053, 984-225-9062
Website: vazhikatti.com Opens in new window, E-mail: (try all) jeevaselva@yahoo.co.in, vazhikatti@gmail.com

Additional Listings: Other possible resources for dementia information/ diagnosis/ care

Based on newsreports of dementia-related events. Contact for possible 24 x 7 Care Home and/ or Day Care.

Grandworld Elder Care  is one organization operating in Chennai and Coimbatore that may be providing dementia care support through day care/ assisted living/ home consultations  (website: grandworldeldercare.com/, Phone 7667711111). Please contact them for details and evaluation.
Anandam Old Age Home (website: anandamoldagehome.org/, Phone 98418 19889 / 98410 01925, email anandamtrust2003@gmail.com) was set up to take care (free) of elders without any living children and no source of income or savings. They may accept persons with dementia.
Srimathi Sundaravalli Memorial Residency(SSML) (http://ssmhome.in/): This residency provides dignified living for senior citizens and also has an hospice initiative. Feedback indicates they have cared for persons with dementia, but please contact them for details. Contact: Srimathi Sundaravalli Memorial residency Home for Senior Citizens, Moppedu (Puthur) Road, Alapakkam, New Perungalathur, Chennai – 600 063, Email : ssmresidency@gmail.com, Phone No. : 044 22792003, 044 22792004, Fax No.: 044 – 22792009
Dr Rahul Padamanabhan ‘s facilities: A message was received in June 2020 from Dr Rahul Padamanabhan about some dementia resources in Coimbatore, including day care, home care, and a residential care home. Please contact directly for data, especially related to challenges because of the COVID situation. Email: rahul@drrahulseldercare.com info@drrahulseldercare.com Sites,:drrahulseldercare.com kalyanimemorycare.com. Phone: 78711 11247
Others: The following have hosted dementia-related events/ had experts who talked in events and may be useful resources for dementia: Rajiv Gandhi Government General Hospital, Government General Hospital, Madras Medical College, Chennai. Also, KAP Viswanathan Government Medical College (Tiruchi)

Additional Listings: Organizations providing services to support home care

Names received from readers/ volunteers/ newspaper reports/ other sources for organizations that provide home care services for seniors. Some of them may support dementia care. Please satisfy yourself about the suitability and reliability while using any such agency for home health helpers (alphabetically arranged list).
ANEW (Association for non-traditional employment for women: ANEW offers need based training programs in various areas, including nursing assistants. These may be available for home care. See the ANEW websiteOpens in new window. 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@anewindia.org
Geriatric House Call project Helpline for doctors and nurses at the doorstep (www.geriatricsdrvsn.com/geriatric-housecall-program/, set up by Dr. V S Natarajan) Phone numbers: 26412030, 9884145189, 28231388. Phone for drug delivery service 9962013178 A very valuable resource for is a list of doctors (including specialists) who do house calls for seniors, compiled as part of this project and available on the project site: List of Doctors DownloadOpens in new window
India Home Health Care (IHHC): (Chennai based) (partner of BAYADA Home Health Care) Contact +91 76764 33333 Email:chennai@ihhc.in Website www.indiahomehealthcare.com
Others: One name received (not checked) for medical care at home in Coimbatore is Inhouse Medicare (inhousemedicare.com/). Please contact for checking reliability and services

Some multi-city organizations that may be offering support in Chennai. Please note, service that is good in one city may not be good in another. Typical services to ask about: home nursing (attendants, nurses, wound care and nursing procedures), physiotherapy, doctor visits, home dental care, sample collections, equipment hire, pharmacy at home, etc. Some of them may claim to support dementia care. List below is alphabetically ordered

Apollo HomeCare (from Apollo Hospitals): Contact 1860 500 8585: Website apollohomecare.com
Portea : (Bangalore-based) Contact 1800 121 2323 Website portea.com

Additional Listings: Important organizations working for seniors

Prominent organizations working for seniors are (alphabetic order)
Dignity Foundation, Chennai: This Mumbai-based organization works for senior citizens through initiatives in some large cities. Contact the Chennai branch at 044-2621-0363, working days, working hours only. Email: felista.jose@dignityfoundation.com Website: www.dignityfoundation.com
Helpage helpline: This all-India organization with local branches supports senior citizens in multiple ways. They may also offer geriatric physiotherapy.Contact them at 1800 180 1253 (All-India tollfree number). Email headoffice@helpageindia.org Website: helpageindia.org/

Palliative Care

Organizations active in palliative care in Chennai include Lakshmi Pain and Palliative Care Trust Opens in new window, Dean Foundation hospice Opens in new window, and RMD Pain and Palliative Care Trust Opens in new window).Palliative care is also available in organizations working in cancer, such as Jeevodaya hospice for advanced cancer Opens in new window 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 Opens in new window.

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

See:Dementia/ Alzheimer’s Resources in Tamil.

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General tips for locating relevant resources:

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 City-wise/ Region-wise resources and Resources across multiple Indian cities. Below are some tips for locating additional resources:
  • 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, geriatric clinics, or geriatric psychiatry clinics to help the initial diagnosis of dementia. Search for these 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 contact numbers of various dementia organizations and elder care organizations listed above
  • 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 problems old number/ name of hospital/ doctor, etc., get the latest details using local telephone inquiry/ assistance services.
If you are looking for information and suggestions for handling care situations, some useful links are: Quick access to a Caregiving Essential Toolkit and Using Trained Attendants for Dementia Home Care.

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

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