This page contains information specific for dementia care in Goa, 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 Konkani).
- General tips for locating relevant resources in a city.
|Facility||Address and other details|
Dementia Society of Goa
Offers diagnosis and counselling. Supports caregivers for home care.
|Dr. Amit Dias, M1 Housing Board Colony,Alto Porvorim, Bardez -Goa.
PIN 403 521
Mobile: +91 9822382842 (Dr Amit Dias’s number)
Dr. Amit Dias, Department of Preventive and Social Medicine, Goa Medical College is involved in several studies and initiatives related to dementia care, and has numerous publications. A 2017 TedxPanaji talk by him can be viewed on Youtube at: Building a Dementia friendly community | Dr Amit Dias | TEDxPanaji Opens in new window.
|COOJ Mental Health Foundation||
COOJ Mental Health Foundation is an NGO working in the area of mental health and rehabilitation. In addition to their various initiatives for elders and for community awareness of mental health issues etc., they have a Geriatric and Dementia program. They sensitize and train staff in old age homes for dementia and support residents there, and have very recently (June, 2017) started a Senior Therapy Center as well as a memory clinic in Bastora, North Goa. Their current initiatives may be including diagnosis, cognitive remediation, psycho-social therapy, and caregiver support. Please contact them to know more about their current work and how they may help you. (Data confirmed October 2017)
Contact them at:
|The Dennis Charles Jarvis Memorial Trust and Sangath||
A “Dementia project” is being run jointly by The Dennis Charles Jarvis Memorial Trust and Sangath. This aims at extending the non-pharmacological intervention developed by the Dementia Society of Goa to the people of Goa. Dr. Amit Dias is the project director (see above for his contact details). To know more about the trust and their current and proposed projects, contact:
Counsellors: Anita Jarvis (9819196168) and Lourdes Alvares (9763917097)
Sangath was also involved in the Sangath-Rotary Dementia Home Care project, which was designed to increase awareness of dementia and also involved visiting families and advising them on non-pharmacological ways of suporting dementia home care. Dr. Amit Dias was the project director. The project is now over, but you can contact Sangath for information: The Sangath website page for their address Opens in new window. Also, see the Sangath Goa Facebook Page Opens in new window.
|Other dementia resources/ memory clinics||Neurology Department, Goa Medical College
Goa Medical College and Hospital
Bambolim, Tiswadi, Goa-India
PO Box.: 403202
Phone: 0832 2495000 / 5169
|2011 announcement of upcoming facility at Monte Hill, Margao, Goa(No progress so far))||As part of his budget announcements in March 2011, the Goa CM announced that a provision had been made for setting up residential care, day care and respite care facilities for senior citizens. Proposed centres include an ‘Alzheimer’s Home’ in Monte Hill at Margao, Goa, to cater to dementia. Read the report here Opens in new window.
But there has been no progress (see Dr. Dias’ interview on the project Opens in new window. No news on this project has been obtained since then.
|Tips to locate trained attendants||The resources listed above may be able to provide home care/ attendants trained for dementia, or they may point you to other resources. 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.
Goa does not have a specialized elders helpline yet; please use the general police helpline in case assistance is required or you have a complaint where you need police help. Their help number earlier had been 100 and emergency number was 108 — please check yourself. Another possible resource is the Department of Social Welfare, Govt. of Goa. Goa also had a Senior Citizen’s Forum but contact details are not known
The Helpage India office in Mumbai also services Goa. Contact:
Mr. Prakash N. Borgaonkar, Territory Head – Maharashtra, Goa & Gujarat
34A/44, Guruchhaya, Manish Nagar, P. O. Azad Nagar, Andheri (W)
Mumbai – 400053
Tel : 022-26370754 / 40, Mobile: 09821224513
Ask them about 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.
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 Goa, Margao, Vasco, Porvorim , 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: firstname.lastname@example.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.
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 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 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: November 7, 2017