Resources for dementia care: Kerala cities

This page contains information specific for dementia care in various cities of Kerala, for the convenience of caregivers of patients of Alzheimer’s Disease and other forms of dementia. [read disclaimer]

While this page includes several possible dementia care resources and some contact information on these, please note that:
1> You will need to evaluate them for suitability and reliability
2> Entities keep changing their activities, so please contact them for updated information.
3> Though many entities have websites and social media profiles, they may not update them for changes in contact information. If the contact information does not work, try to locate which social media platform they posted recently on and post your query there.
4> Many organizations do not respond promptly to emails, or even queries on social media accounts. If you don’t get a response, call their phone numbers or try Whatsapp. Also, many organizations now use mobile numbers for their main contact even if their sites/ social media profiles show landlines.
5>Information on the web about the entity may be helpful, bur different web sources will have different data for the same entity, and you will still need to find out what is correct now.

Facilities for patients of Alzheimer’s/ other dementias

Helplines

  • National Helpline for Senior Citizens: Toll-free helpline number 14567 Project of Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment and the National Institute of Social Defence.
  • Helpage helpline: All-India toll-free number: 1800 180 1253 .Contact them for help and also to reach any local numbers.
  • Tele counselling helpline for mental health, Tele-MANAS: Toll-free, 24/7 helpline number 14416 or 1-800-91-4416, also usable for dementia, by the Union Ministry of Health & Family Welfare, available in many languages.
  • ARDSI National Dementia helplines (by ARDSI National Body): 098461 98471 | 098461 98473 | info@ardsi.org.

Smruthipadham (Kerala State Initiative on Dementia) Day Care, Thrissur district

Smruthipadham (Kerala State Initiative on Dementia) is a unique model of care of the Govt. of Kerala and the ARDSI National Office have established a partnership for dementia care.  One of their initiatives is a free day care centre in Thrissur, at:

Smruthipatham Dementia Day Care Centre, Kunnamkulam, Thrissur– 680 501
Social worker cum administrator: Suresh Kumar OP, 085920 07762, 099950 29268, Email: smruthipadhamgvr@gmail.com Facebook page here Opens in new window.

Their services include day care,  home care,  memory clinic every month, online services, counseling and dementia care training for family caregivers, free medicine, memory stimulation therapy sessions,  individual care plan, activities like simple chair exercises, art and craft, low impact games, singing, etc., and also dementia awareness class. There is free conveyance. Some online/ home helpline service may also be available.

Dementia Respite Care Centre (Harmony Home), Thrissur district

Dementia Respite Care Centre (Harmony Home) offers full-time respite care. Set up with the support of various Rotary Clubs and other bodies, it is now fully managed by ARDSI National Office.
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Dementia Respite Care Centre (Harmony Home),, Ramavarmapuram P. O, Villadam, Milma stop,Thrissur -680 631 Kerala, Tel. 0487 2693232, Email: rccharmonyhome@gmail.com.

Geriatric Psychiatry Clinic at Govt Medical College, Thrissur district

Govt Medical College,Thrissur: Dept of Psychiatry at Govt Medical College,Thrissur-680596,Kerala runs a weekly Geriatric Psychiatry Clinic at the Medical College(Fridays:10.00 am to 12 noon.
They also run a monthly geriatric Psychiatry clinic at the Community Health Center at Vatanappilli (0487-2600760) which caters to four grama panchayaths. Both these clinics offer specialized dementia care services. They provide guidance and support to caregivers.

ARDSI Kozhikode Chapter and Malabar Harmony Home respite care, Kozhikode

Malabar Harmony Home, Kozhikode, provides full-time respite care; managed by ARDSI National Office.
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Malabar Harmony Home address is:
Malabar Harmony Home (ARDSI), P O Marikunnu, Near NGO Quarters, via Ambalaparambu Colony, Kozhikode – 673 012, Kerala. PH: 08893 270 500, Project Officer: Stephen K J, Mobile 9745907653. E-mail: mhhcalicut@gmail.com

For ARDSI – Kozhikode Chapter, contact is ‘Sree Shankara”, 33/6167A , Near RTO Ground, Chevayur PO, Kozhikode- 673017 Mob: 9349600082 Email: sathishardsi@gmail.com

ARDSI – Kochi Chapter and their Day Care Centre, and Cochin Harmony Home, Ernakulam district

ARDSI – Kochi Chapter
Dr. Mathew Abraham, President, Consultant Neurologist. The updated chapter details and functions can be obtained from the Comprehensive Day Care Centre listed below.

Cochin Harmony Home: This respite care/ full-time facility is managed by ARDSI National Office
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Cochin Harmony Home, Near Old NKN Hospital, Pazhaingadu, Kumbalanghi South, Cochin – 682 007, (Thopumpady) KERALA
Contact person: Mathew Thomas, Phone: +91 484 224 0705, 9496592922, Email: cochinharmonyhome@gmail.com

Comprehensive Day Care Centre
This comprehensive dementia day care centre is managed by ARDSI National Office. Please contact them about their current status and processes.
Contact: ARDSI Comprehensive Dementia Day Care Centre,, 2/115 B Puthenkulangara Mana Road, Eroor, Trippunithura, Ernakulam – 682 306, KERALA, Contact: Mr. Paul Davis, Phone: 91 484 277 5088, E-mail: ardsicochin@gmail.com
The Chapter contact is Chalikkavattom, Vennala P. O. Ernakulam 682028 Mob: 9495470550 Email: sdrshaji@rediffmail.com
Memory Clinic The ARDSI Cochin Chapter and Lakeshore hospital collaboratively run a weekly memory clinic at VPS Lakeshore Hospital, Kochi. Contact them for details.

Smruthipadham, Full-time dementia care, Edavanakkad, (Ernakulam district)

A full-time Dementia Care Centre has begun functioning in Edavanakkad,Ernakulam since 20th May, 2015. This is part of Smruthipadham (Kerala State Initiative on Dementia), a public-private joint venture of Govt. of Kerala and the ARDSI National Office (Alzheimer’s and Related Disorders Society of India). The center provides 100% free service to poor (below poverty line) senior citizens and persons with Dementia. The centre has a multi-disciplinary team. Social investigation of applicants is done to check eligibility for this centre.

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KSID Smruthipadham, Fulltime Dementia Care Centre, Govt. Old age Home and Dementia care center, Illathupady, Edavanakkad, Ernakulam, Kerala 682502, Ph: 0484 2506990, +918086187725, E-mail: ksidekm@gmail.com, Contact person : Mr. Sinto

Signature Aged Care, Ernakulam

Signature Aged Care is a home for the aged & terminally ill. They accept persons who require nursing assistance on a day to day basis, including persons with problems like dementia and stroke. They accept persons for both short-stay and long-term stay. They have physiotherapy, full nursing support and regular doctor visits, palliative care, etc., and provide “no bystander needed” personalize care.
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Signature Aged Care, Chalikkavattom, Vennala P.O., Ernakulam – 682028, Kerala, Website: Signature Foundation Opens in new window, Emails: care@signaturefoundation.com, alex@signaturefoundation.com , Phones: +91- 984 749 9099, +91 – 994 749 9099

Clinic at Bethesda Hospital, Perumbavoo, (Ernakulam district)

Bethesda Hospital: This psychiatric hospital admits persons with dementia after consultation with Dr. S Shaji. Contact: Bethesda Hospital, Vengola, Perumbavoor, Ernakulam. Dr. S Shaji’s phone: 9495470550

Memory Clinic at Lourdes Hospital (with Udbodh and CUSAT) (Ernakulam district)

Lourdes Hospital in collaboration with the Udbodh, a joint venture of Ernakulam district administration and Cochin University of Science and Technology Centre for Neuroscience, launched a memory-cum dementia clinic in September 2020. Contact helpline +91 9946712125 for details. A Facebook post in Feb 2021 announced that the clinic is held every Saturday – 10Am – 1PM

Prajna Udbodh/ CUSAT dementia day care and other initiatives, Kochi (Ernakulam district)

In Sep/ Oct 2021, a number of dementia-friendly initiatives were announced in Kochi, and Kochi was declared the first dementia-friendly city in India. Some facilities were also inaugurated and an app “Prajna” was launched. A dementia day centre, UDBODH Dementia Day Care Home is available at P J Antony Ground, Pachalam (Ward 73, Cochin Corporation), Phone +91 99467 12125. A free memory clinic and geriatric counselling is available. There is also a free weekly memory clinic at Ernakulam General Hospital.
See the Facebook page of Udbodh Pajna Opens in new window for some newspaper links, and contact them for updates, latest contact data, and other details.

ARDSI Kottayam chapter, Kottayam District

ARDSI – Kottayam Chapter
Grace Hospital, Aymanam P.O., Kottayam, KERALA
(or ARDSI Kottayam Chapter, Mukalel House, Thellakom PO,Kottayam-686630, Phone 919656383379, 919496161283, 918281739720, +91-9447306586 E-mail: ardsikottayam@gmail.com, YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC6DvaymvY5Nfr5twVOBJkKw Opens in new window
Also, ask them about their Malayalam webinars and online support options.

Best Dementia Care Home, Kottayam

This residential care was started in Oct 2021 and is open to admissions. The dementia care experts involved in this include healthcare professionals Senju Joseph and Priya Senju, who have prior experience in dementia care homes. The home accepts persons in all stages of dementia.

Contact Best Dementia Care Home, 15 K U Nagar Moolavattom Kottayam 686026, Email: bestdementiacarehome@gmail.com, Phone +91 8848950058. The site is at bestdementiacarehome.com Opens in new window and Facebook page is here [newindow].

ARDSI Pathanamthitta Chapter, Pathanamthitta district

ARDSI – Pathanamthitta Chapter , Kaithavana Building, Thekkemala P.O, Kozhanchery, Pathanamthitta – 689 654, KERALA
Ph: +91 468 221 9682, 9387970197, 09387666652, Email: ichan7765@yahoo.co.in Other possible contacts: mgsnair1944@gmail.com

Trivandrum: ARDSI Trivandrum Chapter, Snehasadanam respite care, and Anugraham Neurocare

ARDSI – Trivandrum (Thiruvananthapuram) Chapter
and their respite care
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Snehasadanam Respite Care, Lions Bhavan, N.H.Bypass Road, Thiruvallam, Thiruvananthapuram – 695 027,KERALA
Phone: +91-471-2384151 (landline Snehasadanam) : 9745097872/ 8281554872 Email:, info@ardsitrivandrum.org, robert_mathew90@yahoo.co.in , Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/ARDSI-Trivandrum-chapter-366704184106642/ Opens in new window


Anugraham Neurocare Dementia Care Home. Started in Jan 2020, this provides short term rehabilitation and long term care for persons with dementia. The team includes many specialties and has trained staff. Please contact them for details

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Phones: 91-471-255 912, 91-9747 088908, Email: anugrahamneurocare@adminFacebook: https://www.facebook.com/AnugrahamDementiaCareHome/

Additional Listings: Other organizations that may support dementia through memory clinics, day cares, care homes, or other services.

Names obtained from online sources/ newspaper reports, where no further information has been received. Please satisfy yourself about the suitability and reliability before using (names in alphabetic order).
Aster Medcity, Kochi, may have a memory clinic as per this July 2022 announcement Opens in new window.
Orma Trust (ormatrust.org Opens in new window)– Contact them to find out about the status and features of their dementia care home or other services. Address : Orma Educational & Charitable Trust TC, 12/3275 Maruthoor – Kuravankonam Road Kusavarkal, Choozhampala, Kudappanakunnu.P.O., Thiruvananthapuram(dist) Kerala(st) 695043, India, Phone +91-9446080849, Email: orma.care@gmail.com.

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. Please satisfy yourself about the suitability and reliability while using any such agency for home health helpers (alphabetically arranged list).
Caremark India, Office suite 106, 4th Floor, Crescens Tower, Changampuzha nagar P.O, South Kalamassery, Cochin- 682033, Phone: +91 9539889989, Email: cochin@caremarkindia.in, Web: caremarkindia.in Opens in new window.
Dr. Rahul’s Elder Care, Chennai based organization that may be offering some home care services in Cochin, Salem – Kochi Hwy, Changampuzha Nagar, Pathadipalam, Kalamassery, Kochi, Kerala 682033, Phone 078711 11247, Email drrahulseldercare@gmail.com, See their site Opens in new window.
Guardian Angel Homecare (P) Ltd. , 34/448, Pipeline Road, Padivattom, Kochi, Kerala, India – 682024, Phone: + +91-0484-2845600/ 8589098181, Email: customercare@gahc.co.in, Web: gahc.co.in Opens in new window.
KanCare Kochi, #3549A Near Medical Centre Hospital, Aadapilly Road, Vennala, Cochin, Kerala, 682 028, Phone: Call: 0484-4055022 Mob: +91 9497 380 999 / 9497 380 888, Web: cancarekochi.com Opens in new window.
Red Cross, Kottayam Provides 24-hour attendants for some cities in Kerala.Contact: Indian Red Cross Society, Kottayam District Branch, Red Cross Tower, Nagambadom, Kottayam- 686001, Ph: (+91) 7356047604, 0481-2560238, Email: redcrosskottayam@gmail.com, info@redcrosskottayam.org, Facebook page www.facebook.com/IRCSKOTTAYAM/ Opens in new window. Site: www.redcrosskottayam.org Opens in new window.

Some multi-city organizations may be offering support in your city/ locality. Multi-city organizations keep adding and removing locations and services, but usually have more presence in their home state, metros and larger cities. A service that is good in one city may not be good in another. Quality changes over time, if management/ funding changes, or there is a takeover / merger. Please evaluate before use. Typical services to ask about: home nursing (attendants, nurses, wound care and nursing procedures), physiotherapy, doctor visits, speech therapy, stroke rehab, home dental care, sample collections, equipment hire, pharmacy at home, ICU at home, etc. Also, ask about dementia care. List below is alphabetically ordered. If they claim to provide emergency support, please find out the particulars to see if dependable.

  • Portea: Offers a range of services like home nursing support, physiotherapy, doctor visits, investigations, equipment supply, etc. Contact 1800 121 2323 Email customersupport@portea.com, bookings@portea.com, Site: portea.com Opens in new window, Facebook page here Opens in new window.

Additional Listings: Important organizations working for seniors

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). Email: headoffice@helpageindia.org Website: helpageindia.org

Pain/ Palliative Care

Kerala is very active in palliative care . Several hospitals here offer palliative care services in association with these organizations. When getting palliative care, please remain alert that the doctors advising you are familiar with applying palliative care for dementia. You can check out Pain and Palliative Care, Thrissur Opens in new window and district-wise data for palliative care resources in Kerala Opens in new window. Or Pallium India (Trivandrum) Opens in new window and their Kerala directory Opens in new window.

ARDSI National Office also is actively working to create good palliative care support for persons with dementia, and has ongoing projects for this. Contact the helpline for details and for suggested resources to help you.
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Dementia-related material in various Indian languages (including Malayalam)

See: Dementia/ Alzheimer’s Resources in Malayalam.

The full list of dementia/ care resources in various Indian languages (currently Assamese, Bengali, Gujarati, Hindi, Kannada, Konkani, Malayalam, Marathi, Punjabi, Tamil, Telugu, and Urdu) is at Dementia/ Alzheimer’s Resources in Indian Languages.

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General tips for locating relevant resources:

Please contact the resources above for dementia/ care support. For resources in other Indian cities/ regions, or across India, check City-wise/ Region-wise resources and Resources across multiple Indian cities. Some tips for locating additional resources:

  • Surf the Internet for local services using the name of the city and types of services. For example, look for home care, home health, old age homes, nursing agencies, etc.
  • For diagnosis, look at reliable larger hospitals of the city. Check their neurology, psychiatry, and geriatrics departments or special clinics like memory clinics, geriatric clinics, or geriatric psychiatry clinics.
  • For better search results, try using the state name, locality name, other names of your city or nearby cities.
  • When using online data to identify a possible service provider, check how recent the data is (see events, pictures, social media posts) also, to see if the entity seems operational.
  • Contact the various dementia organizations and elder care organizations listed above and ask them for names of more resources.
  • Ask the reception/ nurses at local hospitals. They often know about home health care agencies.
  • For minor procedures, like IV, , neighborhood path labs and small clinics may be able to send nurses home. The may even have contacts of doctors who make home visits.
  • Of course, in all cases, you must satisfy yourself about the quality and reliability.

For information and suggestions for handling care situations, some 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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Note: This page includes all the information available with us for this city/ region. Please note that the data 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).

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