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) 42629209
Main emails: email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org
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”.
(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. 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
You can also contact Dr. Sridhar Vaitheswaran, Consultant Psychiatrist, at email@example.com
Some current initiatives at Anna Nagar are:
Day Care DEMCARES Centre for Active Ageing: This is a day care that offers activities and interventions designed for better mental health and well-being of elderly persons with dementia. Please contact them for days/ times, arrangements regarding food, transport, etc.
A weekly Dementia Clinic is available.
DEMCARES facilitates a monthly support group meeting for caregivers.
Fortnightly Caregiver training sessions are conducted to provide caregivers practical knowledge on relevant topics of care
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(contact them to arrange such programs in your community). Please contact them for these and other programs and initiatives.
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
Day care for dementia patients
Dementia Day Care Centre
132(old number.52A), AK block,7th main road,
|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. This OPD clinic is run by a team of specialists and available Monday through Friday, 9am to 3pm, for walk-in patients and referrals.
Geriatric Care Clinic (GCC)
|Other dementia/ memory clinics in Chennai||Dr. V S Natrajan
Adhiparasakth Clinic / Memory Clinic,
18, A, Flowers Road, Kilpauk,
Chennai – 600 010.
Phone No: +91-44-26412030.
Email : firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
Read Harmony India’s interview of Dr. Samuel about his work in helping patients: this archived link 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.
|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 Opens in new window and their Facebook page Opens in new window
ANEW (Association for non-traditional employment for women: ANEW offers need based training programs in various areas, including nursing assistants. See the ANEW websiteOpens in new window. 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 Opens in new window.
SAND Cafe (Support Alzheimer’s N Dementia Cafe), Chennai is a recent Besant Nagar based initiative (started in 2016) that provides an informal Cafe setting where caregivers and persons with dementia can meet periodically for chatting and relaxing. You can contact Vimal Balachander, the person behind it, at 098409 31790 or email@example.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 Opens in new window (check their Neurology dept) and Trimed Opens in new window.
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. It stopped functioning around August/ September 2015. One video with caregiver interviews is available; see our video and presentation page.
No longer functioning: The ARDSI Chennai Chapter Day Care, started in Oct 2013, has been closed.
|Pain/ 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.
|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, 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
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. Please contact Dr. K. Selvaraj for updated information.
|Other possible resources (based on reports of dementia-related events)||
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)
|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 Opens in new window and Tamil Nadu police website emergency numbers Opens in new window). 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
(Set up by Dr. V S Natarajan, as per 2012 news report) Phone numbers: 26412030, 9884145189, 28231388
Phone for drug delivery service 9962013178
|Other resources for services/ information||
One upcoming resource for home care is Portea Opens in new window, 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
India Home Health Care claims to provide home care services and attendants in Chennai. Website is at indiahomehealthcare.com
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 ( 0484-277-5088). 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 problems old number/ name of hospital/ doctor, etc., get the latest details using local telephone inquiry/ assistance services.
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: August 28, 2017