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]

Facilities for patients of Alzheimer’s/ other dementias

For dementia help, contact the various dementia organizations listed below.

Helplines for senior citizens

  • Helpage helpline: Senior Citizen/ Elder Helpline Number Chennai/ Coimbatore/ all Tamil Nadu: 1800-180-1253.
  • Dignity helpline: Senior citizen helpline at (044) 2621 0363, run by Dignity Foundation, working days, working hours only.
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,
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: Opens in new window
You can also contact Dr. Priscilla or Mr. Kumar Saragapani

Main emails:,
Other emails:,,
Arivazhagan. PK., Project Director, Ph: +91 7358341952

(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
Phone: 044-49539768 (L) +917358588822 (M)
Email:, Skype: dementiaindia
Website: Opens in new window

You can also contact Dr. Sridhar Vaitheswaran, Consultant Psychiatrist, at

Note that all day cares, including this one, were closed during COVID lockdown. Update received from them on July 20, 2020: The day care remains closed, but the regular clinic runs weekly in SCARF with all the precautions. Reviews and tele-consultations may also be done using a mix of video calls and telephone calls. Please contact them for details/ appointments at 7358588822 (9.30 am to 4.30 pm Monday to Friday)

Day Care DEMCARES Centre for Active Ageing: This is a day care at Anna Nagar 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.

Other initiatives of DEMCARES: A weekly Dementia Clinic is available. Fortnightly Caregiver training sessions are conducted to provide caregivers practical knowledge on relevant topics of care. DEMCARES also facilitates a monthly support group meeting for caregivers. 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

Day Care
Dementia Day Care Centre, 132(old number.52A), AK block,7th main road, Anna Nagar, Chennai-600040
Ph: 044 2621 0363
Or contact Felista: 9840395943
Note that all day cares were closed during COVID lockdown. Please contact individual entities directly about their current status and also the measures they follow/ plan to follow to ensure safety of persons using the facility.

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) [Holistic Elder Care], Room No: 15, A1 Private Clinic, Sri Ramachandra Medical Centre, Porur, Chennai – 600 116
GCC Direct No : 044-24763137, SRMC Board No : 044-45928500 / Extn: 3419, Mobile Contact : +91-9444220962
Contact Person : Social Welfare Officer
GCC Email ID :
Website page: Geriatric Care Clinic 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 : Website: 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. Dr Natarajan also has a very useful initiative, Geriatric House Call( which helps seniors get doctors for home visits.

Dr. Ravi Samuel, 26/1 Arcot Street, T Nagar, Chennai 600 017
Phone 91-44-2433 7439
E-mail: Website: Opens in new window

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.

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, including cognitive neuropsychology, clinical psychology, clinical nutrition, speech and language pathology, physiotherapy etc. July 2020 update: UBHCARE has started Bespoke home-based rehab services. Contact them for information and appointments- +919940665767
Address-48, Majestic Apartments, Saligramam, Arcot Road, Chennai- 600093
Email address:
The centre is headed by Dr. Porrselvi A.P.,Ph.D., supported by Dr.U.Meenakshisundaram, Senior consultant neurologist, Apollo Hospitals Greams Road and Arunai Neuro Centre. An example of Dr. Porrselvi’s 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. The initiative is very new, so please check with them for any changes/ details. Day Care
Contact 91 6383914884, +91 44 4016 5000, Email, 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 Note that all day cares were closed during COVID lockdown. Please contact individual entities directly about their current status and also the measures they follow/ plan to follow to ensure safety of persons using the facility.

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

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).

Not functioning/ closed since around 2017 or before: CARE3 (Care, Connect, Community or CareCubed) stopped functioning around September 2015 ; the ARDSI Chennai Chapter Day Care, started in Oct 2013, closed soon after; SAND Cafe (Support Alzheimer’s N Dementia Cafe) has not been active since around March 2017

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),

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.

Additional Listings: Other possible resources for dementia information/ diagnosis/ care (based on newsreports of dementia-related events)

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<Note that all day cares were closed during COVID lockdown. Full time care homes may have closed or changed the way they admit new residents or have procedures that protect residents, like not allowing visitors, etc. Please contact the organizations to know the current status and satisfy yourself about the suitability of the facility for care in COVID times.

One organization operating in Chennai and Coimbatore that may be providing dementia care support through day care/ assisted living/ home consultations is Grandworld Elder Care (website:, Phone 7667711111). Please contact them for details and evaluation.

Anandam Old Age Home (website:, Phone 98418 19889 / 98410 01925) 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) ( 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 :, Phone No. : 044 22792003, 044 22792004, Fax No.: 044 – 22792009

A comment left on this page by Dr Rahul Padamanabhan gives information about some dementia resources in Coimbatore, including day care, home care, and a residential care home . Please contact directly for data/ clarification about their offerings, especially related to changes/ challenges because of the COVID situation. Reference: See the comment is at this link.

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:

Geriatric House Call project: Helpline for doctors and nurses at the doorstep
(, 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 (Whatsapp +91-7755912869). Website

Others: One name received (not checked) for medical care at home in Coimbatore is Inhouse Medicare ( Please contact for checkingb 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

Portea : (Bangalore-based) Contact 1800 121 2323 Website

Unfortunately, it is very difficult to get trained attendants, and many families use general attendants and train them on dementia themselves or with the help of volunteers. Even attendants trained by agencies for dementia often need additional training. Read a detailed discussion on this topic at: Using Trained Attendants for Dementia Home Care. Also, please ensure that you evaluate any service/ facility before using it.

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.

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). Local Chennai office: 044-25322149, 09940091313. Email:, Coimbatore: 0422-2305716 E-Mail:, More emails: Website:

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.

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

Dementia/ Alzheimer’s Resources in Tamil.

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:

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 andResources 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 National Dementia Helpline ( 0484-277-5088). E-mail: 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.

Other 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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Disclaimer:Data on this page is provided for information and convenience, and is not an endorsement for any person/ organization/ service/ resource. We make no claims that the contents of this page are either accurate or complete, or that the persons/ organizations listed are reliable or that they are suitable for you (no fitment for purpose is intended or implied).

Page/ post last updated on: August 2, 2020

23 thoughts on “Resources for dementia care: Chennai, Coimbatore (Tamil Nadu)”

  1. Please let me know dementia or alzheimer’s patients in and around chennai.since we are doing research on early biomarkers for alzheimer’s disease so please help us.

    1. Rekha, thanks for visiting the site.

      We do not pass on any information about any caregivers who contact us. However, they are free to contact you directly if they want. You will need to give your contact email id and any other details you want to give in your comment so that interested caregivers/ others can evaluate whether they want to be part of your study.

      To caregivers/ other site visitors: Please note that any contact information or other data that you share with us is confidential and never shared with anyone. If you choose to contact someone who leaves a comment on the site, please exercise your own caution before you share anything confidential. Comments posted on the site are not an endorsement of the facility/ study about which the comment may be.

  2. Hi Rekha
    How are you.just last week my mother had been diagnosed with alzheimer dementia .Regarding this I want to talk to you.
    As I don’t know much about this, I want to talk to you.
    Reply much appreciated for how to contact you.

    1. Kalaivani, So sorry to hear about your mother. I have written to you separately giving my contact information in case you wish to discuss your situation.

      Swapna Kishore
      Dementia Care Notes

      1. please let me know dementia centres in coimbatore since i am doing project on anticipatory grief in caregiver’s of dementia

        1. The page already lists whatever resources we know of in Chennai and Coimbatore. You can contact the National Dementia Helpline to know more, or check out other city pages for dementia resources in those cities. An overall idea of dementia resources in India (as well as information on the National Dementia Helpline) is available on this page:

  3. my father aged 94 years is suffering from cellulitis and dementia.his violence and mood changes are making it difficult to administer/apply medicines. Is there any psychiatrist who will come home and treat my father?

    1. Sorry to hear this. Please contact the resources on this page above to see if you can find a suitable doctor. Also, your city may have some doctor-on-wheels scheme or home care services that can arrange for home visits by doctors. Sometimes polyclinics and nursing homes can also help. I wish you luck.

    2. Hi Uma, We are from Grand World Elder Care, Saibabacolony, coimbatore. We give a care for elders by in-clinic and home care. You come and visit our health care center. Surely it will satisfy your needs.

      see our site:
      Location: saibabacolony and vadavalli in Coimbatore

      (Dementia Care Notes adds: This comment was made by someone from Grand World Care India. For all such posts, site visitors are requested to evaluate the facility’s suitability and reliability themselves to decide whether it suits their needs. Some evaluation suggestions are included at and at

  4. My Brother in law (my own elder sister’s husband) Mr S Balasubramanian has been sufferring from Dementia disease for the past two years and my sister is taking care of him. Due to age factor of my sister, she finds it very difficult to take care of her husband in day to day life and she is getting physically and mentally tired very much day by day. We are searching a home in and around Tirunelveli area to look after Mr S Balasubramanian. Please adv me to my e mail id: so that we will try for the same. Awaiting to hear from you. R Narayanan, TVS & Sons Pvt. Ltd., LAS dept. ,7B West Veli Street, Madurai 625 001 Phone : 0452-2356486

    1. Sorry to hear about this. Please try contacting the organizations mentioned above on the page to see if they can suggest anything.

      Note that one of them, DEMCARES (an initiative of SCARF) also has a directory of possible resources for dementia caregiving, where you may get some leads.

      You will, of course, need to evaluate places for the suitability and reliability based on your need. Some tips for such evaluation are available as a discussion here:

  5. My dad is suffering from Alzheimer for the last 4yrs and getting worse now. Elder brother is managing the care at home in t.nagar, chennai. Now our mother also gets depressed, feeling drifted, longing for more space and independency. So we felt to look out for senior care facilities in and around TNagar area on monthly basis or can buy affordable Senior Care living apartments in chennai, India.

    1. Please try contacting the various organizations listed above for general and specific suggestions relevant for your situation, especially DEMCARES and ARDSI Chennai Chapter.

      Also, given your situation, please try to get your mother included into some support group, so that she feels less isolated and is able to talk openly about her situation to others who understand. The page above lists some available options in Chennai for this, such as SAND Cafe and there are also online forums.

  6. My father suffering from demensia last 2 years. I need good care centre to stay . Area near madurai or karaikudi or pudukkottai or trichy. Anything good demensia care centre inform me .

    1. The above page lists all the dementia care centres that Dementia Care Notes knows about. From what is known right now, there are no full-time care places in Tamil Nadu yet, but there are two day cares in Chennai. Please can contact the dementia organizations listed above to ask if they know of any additional place, as new places may have been started, or may be about to start. There are some full-time care centres for dementia in neighboring states: Karnataka, Telengana, Kerala, etc., and you can check the pages for these states on this site to find out about them.

      Please note that all information on this site is just provided for your convenience; Dementia Care Notes is not recommending any place and not associated with any of them. Please contact them directly to check suitability and reliability.

  7. hi
    I am trying to explore options for the care of my father who is a cancer survivor, who has also developed memory problems and associated behaviours that can challenge caregivers. I am a psychiatrist in the Uk and am looking for interest from organisations that would like to develop care homes which can cater to this increasing group of senior citizens. whilst I can bring in expertise and business models, what I seek are people in Chennai who can manage the operational delivery and business funding. I believe that this is an area of high need and welcome contact from anyone interested in developing this care sector.

    1. That sounds useful and interesting. Please do contact the organizations listed above – they may be interested or may direct you to others who are. Also, you may find it helpful to reach out to organizations working for seniors and senior housing/ care homes. All the best!

  8. Good evening. My father is 93 year old and suffering from Parkinson’s disease since 2014. Till 28th December he was all right. But suddenly he started doing some unusual activities. Not sleeping properly 5 to six times fell down. No major injuries noticed. I want to know whether you extend treatment at your center as inpatient and if what is the cost. Or else please provide some link to some home care center for few days till he recovers.

    1. Dementia Care Notes is an online informational resource and does not offer any services. Please check the page above for some possible resources in case they can help or point you to others who can, but please do your evaluation and due diligence for any organization you approach for help.

  9. Greetings. I am Dr Rahul Padmanabhan from Coimbatore. I run a geriatric clinic in coimbatore.
    We provide the following service for people with dementia and their families
    1. Day Care Facility – Elders come at 9 in the morning and leave by 6. During the stay here, we keep them safe and secure with timey food and activities
    2. Home Based Care- We provide CST and nursing care for bed bound and home bound elders with dementia
    3. Dementia Clinic- The clinic conducts dementia clinic on all days. This is for evaluating, diagnosing and medical management of dementia
    4. Dementia Home- 24X7 fully residential Home managed by skilled nurses and support staff

    You can learn more about our center at

    I would like to get our services posted in this forum. Please feel free to contact me at 9585862678.

    Dr Rahul Padmanabhan

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