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

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Facilities for patients of Alzheimer’s/ other dementias

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

Helplines for senior citizens

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 [5]
You can also contact Dr. Priscilla or Mr. Kumar Saragapani

Main emails: sathianathen6@yahoo.com [6], 051951@gmail.com [7]
Other emails: kumarspani@hotmail.com [8], priscilla@madrasmemoryclinic.com [9]
pk_ari@yahoo.com [10], sathianathan@madrasmemoryclinic.com [11]
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: dementia@scarfindia.org [12], Skype: dementiaindia
Website: www.dementiaindia.org Opens in new window [13]

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 [14].

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 [15]
Website page: Geriatric Care Clinic Opens in new window [16]

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 [17] 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 Natarajan 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 Arcot Street, T Nagar, Chennai 600 017
Phone 91-44-2433 7439
E-mail: ravisamuel@urclinic.com [18] Website: urclinic.com Opens in new window [19]

Read Harmony India’s interview of Dr. Samuel about his work in helping patients: this archived link Opens in new window [20]. 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 [21] and their Facebook page Opens in new window [22]
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 [23].

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 [24].

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

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 [25] 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 [26] (check their Neurology dept).

No longer functioning: video and presentation page [27].

No longer functioning: The ARDSI Chennai Chapter Day Care, started in Oct 2013, has been closed.

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
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)

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Day Care

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.

Anandam Old Age Home (website: anandamoldagehome.org/, 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.

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 [28]. 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
(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 [29]

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

Others: One name received (not checked) for medical care at home in Coimbatore is Inhouse Medicare (inhousemedicare.com/). 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 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 [30]. 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 [31]
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 [32], Coimbatore: 0422-2305716 E-Mail: coimbatore@helpageindia.org [33], 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 [34], Dean Foundation hospice Opens in new window [35], and RMD Pain and Palliative Care Trust Opens in new window [36]).

Palliative care is also available in organizations working in cancer, such as Jeevodaya hospice for advanced cancer Opens in new window [37] 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 [38].

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

Dementia/ Alzheimer’s Resources in Tamil [40].

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 [41]

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City-wise/ Region-wise resources [42] andResources across multiple Indian cities [43]. 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 [44] and Using Trained Attendants for Dementia Home Care [30].

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: June 13, 2019