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: http://madrasmemoryclinic.com Opens in new window
You can also contact Dr. Priscilla or Mr. Kumar Saragapani

Main emails: sathianathen6@yahoo.com, 051951@gmail.com
Other emails: kumarspani@hotmail.com, priscilla@madrasmemoryclinic.com
pk_ari@yahoo.com, sathianathan@madrasmemoryclinic.com
Arivazhagan. PK., Project Director, Ph: +91 7358341952

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. 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 window

You can also contact Dr. Sridhar Vaitheswaran, Consultant Psychiatrist, at sridhar.v@scarfindia.org

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
Email: chennaidignity@rediffmail.com
Or contact Felista: 9840395943

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 : gcc.srmc@gmail.com
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 : dr_v_s_natarajan@yahoo.com Website: 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.

Dr. Ravi Samuel, 26/1 Arcot Street, T Nagar, Chennai 600 017
Phone 91-44-2433 7439
E-mail: ravisamuel@urclinic.com Website: urclinic.com 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.

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 arunaithelirchimaiyam@gmail.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
An example of their counselling is available in this very useful case study of their work: Dementia caregiving challenges and solutions Opens in new window.

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 vimabala4@gmail.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.

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: http://www.vazhikatti.com/
E-mail: (try all) jeevaselva@yahoo.co.in, vazhikatti@gmail.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.

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

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: grandworldeldercare.com/, Phone 7667711111). Please contact them for details and evaluation.

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_an@yahoo.in

Geriatric House Call project: 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

India Home Health Care (IHHC): (Chennai based) (partner of BAYADA Home Health Care) Contact +91 76764 33333 (Whatsapp +91-7755912869). Website http://www.indiahomehealthcare.com

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 http://apollohomecare.com/

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

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. dignityfoundation.chennai@gmail.com
Website: http://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). Local Chennai office: 044-25322149, 09940091313. Email: chennai@helpageindia.org, Coimbatore: 0422-2305716 E-Mail: coimbatore@helpageindia.org, More emails: headoffice@helpageindia.org Website: helpageindia.org

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: 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 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: July 2, 2018

18 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.
    Thanks
    Regards
    Kalaivani

    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: http://dementiacarenotes.in/resources/india/

  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: grandworldeldercare.com
      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 http://dementiacarenotes.in/caregivers/toolkit/using-trained-attendants-for-dementia-home-care/ and at http://dementiacarenotes.in/caregivers/toolkit/using-services/)

  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: narayanan.raman@tvs.in 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: http://dementiacarenotes.in/caregivers/toolkit/using-services/#respite

  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.

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