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]

Quick Ref: To quickly locate the day cares and full-time cares in Kerala, look for the symbols
24 x 7 Care Home and Day Care. Note that all day cares were closed during COVID lockdown. Some care homes also closed down. Please contact individual entities directly about their status and also the measures they follow/ plan to follow to ensure safety of persons using the facility.

Facilities for patients of Alzheimer’s/ other dementias

NATIONAL DEMENTIA HELPLINE: 0484-277-5088 (Mon-Sat 10 AM-4 PM). E-mail:
You can get information on dementia and care here, as well as information on dementia resources in India. (The older number, 0484-280-8088, was discontinued in August 2017)

Other Kerala-based Dementia Helplines: 09846198471 and 09846198786 (managed by ARDSI Registered office, Cochin) and 09846198473 (managed by ARDSI National Office)

In September 2014, the Kerala State Government State took cognizance of dementia as an issue that needs a specific health strategy, separate from general geriatric care, and began initiatives to handle this. A public-private joint venture of Govt. of Kerala and the ARDSI National Office, Kerala State Initiative on Dementia, has started projects under the name: Smruthipadham, with the first being in May 2015 (more below in specific cities)

Helplines for senior citizens

  • Helpage helpline: All-India toll-free number: 1800-180-1253, Local Kochi office: 0484-2310836/4036118 / 09447209678
Facility Address and other details
(Thrissur district)

(ARDSI National Admin Office)
(National Office of Alzheimer’s and Related Disorders Society of India)

ARDSI (Alzheimer’s and Related Disorders Society of India) is one of the main resources for dementia caregivers in India.

Contact ARDSI National Administrative Office:Alzheimer’s and Related Disorders Society of India
Guruvayur Road, P.B.No. 53
Kunnamkulam – 680 503, KERALA
Tel: 04885-223801

National Dementia Helpline: 0484-277-5088 (Mon-Sat 10 AM-4 PM). E-mail:
Other Dementia Helplines: 984 619 8471, 984 619 8473, 984 619 8786

Their website is here Opens in new window but calling them up is better for updated information on events and chapters. (also, the old site is defunct and not with ARDSI)
ARDSI also has presence on Facebook: ARDSI National Office FB page Opens in new window, National Dementia Helpline FB page Opens in new window, and Alzheimer’s & Related Disorders Society of India FB group (public group) Opens in new window.

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

Smruthipadham (Kerala State Initiative on Dementia) , a public-private joint venture of Govt. of Kerala and the ARDSI National Office, has a day care centre in Thrissur, at:

Day Care
KSID Smruthipadham Dementia Care Centre, Kurukkenpara Via, Kavilakkad, Chittanjoor, Kunnamkulam – 680 503
Project Officer: Suresh Kumar OP, 085920 07762, email:

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.

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.

24 x 7 Care Home
Dementia Respite Care Centre (Harmony Home),, Ramavarmapuram P. O, Villadam, Milma stop,Thrissur -680 631 Kerala

Contact: Senju Joseph: 08848950058 / Tel. 0487 2693232

Geriatric Psychiatry Clinic at Govt Medical College,
(Thrissur district)

Govt Medical College,Thrissur
Message from Dr. K S Shaji: 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. We also run a monthly geriatric Psychiatry clinic at the Community Health Center at Vatanappilli (0487-2600760) which cater to four grama panchayaths. Both these clinics offer specialized dementia care services. We provide guidance and support to caregivers.

ARDSI Calicut (Kozhikode) Chapter and Malabar Harmony Home respite care
Calicut/ Kozhikode

ARDSI – Calicut (Kozhikode) Chapter

Malabar Harmony Home, Calicut (Kozhikode)

Provides full-time respite care; managed by ARDSI National Office.

24 x 7 Care Home
Malabar Harmony Home address (relocated to this in December 2016) is:
Malabar Harmony Home (ARDSI), P O Marikunnu, Near NGO Quarters, via Ambalaparambu Colony, CALICUT – 673 012, Kerala.
PH: 08893 270 500
Project Officer: Stephen K J, Mobile 9745907653.


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

ARDSI – Kochi (Cochin) 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

24 x 7 Care Home
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

Day Care
Comprehensive Day Care Centre
This comprehensive dementia day care centre is managed by ARDSI National Office. It shifted to a new location in June end, 2017. 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.

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
(This is also the address of the ARDSI Registered Office)

Memory Clinic The ARDSI Cochin Chapter and Lakeshore hospital collaboratively run a weekly memory clinic at VPS Lakeshore Hospital, Kochi. Contact them for details.(updated: Sep 2016)

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

Smruthipadham (Kerala State Initiative on Dementia)
A full-time Dementia Care Centre has begun functioning in Edavanakkad,Ernakulam since 20th May, 2015. This is part of the project, 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. And also a full time(day time only) ayurvedic doctor has been appointed in the center. Social investigation of applicants is done to check eligibility for this centre.

24 x 7 Care Home
KSID Smruthipadham, Fulltime Dementia Care Centre, Govt. Old age Home and Dementia care center, Illathupady, Edavanakkad, Ernakulam, Kerala 682502
Ph: 0484 2506990, 9744795428
Social worker cum Administrator : Lijo Jose

Signature Aged Care

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, etc., and provide “no bystander needed” personalize care. They use consultations with medical experts and hospital visits, etc., as needed, and also have palliative care support. The care home is managed by a private no-profit no-loss trust.

24 x 7 Care Home
Signature Aged Care, Chalikkavattom, Vennala P.O., Ernakulam – 682028, Kerala.
Website: Signature Foundation Opens in new window
Phones: +91- 984 749 9099+91- 813 896 8268+91- 938 795 1255

Clinic at Bethesda Hospital, Perumbavoor
(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

ARDSI Kottayam chapter
(Kottayam Chapter of Alzheimer’s and Related Disorders Society of India)
Kottayam District

ARDSI – Kottayam Chapter
Grace Hospital, Aymanam P.O., Kottayam, KERALA
(or ARDSI Kottayam Chapter, Mukalel House, Thellakom PO,Kottayam -686630
Phone: 0481-2598404 Mobile: +91-9447306586, 91-9447018405
Contact: Mr. M.J. Sebastian, E-mail:

Pathanamthitta district

ARDSI Pathanamthitta chapter
(Pathanamthitta Chapter of Alzheimer’s and Related Disorders Society of India)

ARDSI – Pathanamthitta Chapter , Kaithavana Building, Thekkemala P.O, Kozhanchery, Pathanamthitta – 689 654, KERALA

Ph: +91 468 221 9682, 09387666652, 9387970197
Contact person: Mr. M.G. Sasidharan Nair, Dr. Agith Thomas
Ph: 09846185475
Email (call if there is no response to email):,,

ARDSI (Alzheimer’s and Related Disorders Society of India) Trivandrum Chapter Chapter and Snehasadanam respite care

( Trivandrum/ Thiruvananthapuram district)

ARDSI – Trivandrum (Thiruvananthapuram) Chapter
and their respite care

24 x 7 Care Home
Snehasadanam Respite Care, Lions Bhavan, N.H.Bypass Road, Thiruvallam, Thiruvananthapuram – 695 027,KERALA This centre was closed during COVID lockdown. Please contact them about their plans to resume the care home and what processes they will be following to ensure safety of residents.

Phone: +91-471-2384151 (landline Snehasadanam)
Mr Jose, Administrator, Snehasadanam, : 09745097872, 8281554872

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).

Anugraham Neurocare, Trivandrum, supports seniors needing nursing care, including persons with dementia. Started Jan 2020. Contact person as per current information: Dr. Robert Mathew. More details awaited.

CanCare Kochi, Amra 160, Mavelipuram (West), Thrikkakkara, Cochin, Kerala, 682 030
Phone: Call: 0484-2428 999 Mob: +91 9497 380 999 / 9497 380 888

Caremark India, Office suite 106, 4th Floor,Crescens Tower, Changampuzha nagar P.O,South Kalamassery,Cochin- 682033
Phone: +91 9539889989

Guardian Angel Homecare (P) Ltd. , 34/448, Pipeline Road, Padivattom, Kochi, Kerala, India – 682024
Phone: + +91-484-2806869 / 8589098181

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: 0481-2300238, 0481-2560238

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:

India Home Health Care (IHHC): (Chennai based) (partner of BAYADA Home Health Care) Contact +91 76764 33333 (Whatsapp +91-7755912869). 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

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 Kochi office: 0484-2310836/4036118 / 09447209678 Email:, Biju.Mathew@helpageindia.orgMore emails: Website:
Helpage India, Kochi Tel.No: E-mail:

Pain/ Palliative Care

Kerala is very active in palliative care and has several educational institutes and organizations for palliative care. Several hospitals here offer palliative care services in association with these organizations. You can check out Pain and Palliative Care, Thrissur Opens in new window and their directory 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.

When getting palliative care, please remain alert that the doctors advising you are familiar with applying palliative care for dementia.

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 national office for details and updates (scroll up for the ARDSI National Office contact details). You can also consult them to understand which palliative care resources in Kerala are best suited for your needs.

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

See: Dementia/ Alzheimer’s Resources in Malayalam.

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 Kerala, Kochi, Kotayyam, Thiruvanthapuram, Trivandrum, Trissur, Trichur, Trissur, Thrissur , 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: June 3, 2020

36 thoughts on “Resources for dementia care: Kerala cities”

  1. Looking for a clinic or hospital for dementia care and old age care. Not old age homes but a hospital or clinic where the specialist doctors and nurses help is available in kerla – if available would like to the details

    1. I am sure the organizations listed above will be able to assist you, especially the various ARDSI chapters in Kerala. Senior and specialist doctors are involved with many of these, and will be able to either help you themselves, or direct you to other resources.

        1. Please see the page above for all the information we have on dementia day cares and other dementia organizations in Kerala. You can contact the organizations and helplines listed above to know if there are more day cares. The National dementia Helpline listed on top of the page may also be able to give you more information.

    1. Please contact the National Dementia Helpline (latest, correct numbers on the top of this page) for possible resources in Trichur

    2. Please check out this link. This is a retreat for the elderly situated 50kms from Thrissur at Kuttipuram. I happened to interact with the owner of this setup and from the website, it seems quite impressive. Im yet to make a personal visit to this facility

      1. Sobha MCT has (as per their terms and conditions checked in December 2014) very strict admission criteria and does not seem suitable for someone who needs care and who is expected to deteriorate over time and need more and more care. (For example, their terms and conditions clearly state: “c. Applicants should be physically and mentally independent to carry out the activities of daily living.”)

        Basically, the facility seems designed for mentally alert and reasonably healthy elders who don’t happen to have children nearby. Prima facie, therefore, it does not seem designed to accept or handle persons with dementia.

  2. Thank you for putting up this resource. My mother lives in Cochin and is still quite active but needs help when going to see her doctors once or twice a month. Is there a service where she can call in advance and have someone accompany her to the doctor’s office and bring her back. How will I find such resources? Thanks again for your help.

    1. Betty, I don’t have any specific suggestions, but here are some ideas on locating help. You can check with services for seniors–sometimes some NGOs have volunteers who will support seniors at home to help them remain independent. Helpage India may also know of relevant resources. The doctors/ nurses themselves may have some idea of who can help. Another possibility is contacting colleges that have programs for intergenerational work by volunteer students. Do drop by again and share what you found…

  3. Let me first compliment your efforts. We are looking for a trained attendant for my father 90+, with dementia and who has no eye sight. Any specific suggestions and resources. Location in Madurai. Would appreciate response ASAP
    D.Narayana Moorthi
    July 22, 214

    1. I don’t have any specific suggestions, but do check the tips above for locating help in your city. You can also contact the National Dementia Helpline to and the local Helpage and Elder Helpline to see if they have any suggestions for your city.

      Unfortunately, we are often unable to get attendants trained for dementia care and have to employ normal attendants (usually available from nursing bureaus, etc.) and train them ourselves. You may find the discussion on this page useful:

      In case you find some good source, please do share back, as that information may help other caregivers also.

  4. Dear Sir or Madam,

    My brother, sister and I are looking for a suitable place for our English mother, Jacky Malone (77) to live with full time, dementia care.

    Our mother is physically fit at 77 years of age and has no physical ailments except for her gradually increasing level of dementia. Mum remembers us but her short term memory lapses quite often. Mum is a charming person, who has greatly enjoyed travel in her life, loves to draw, go for walks and is a naturally creative person. Mum is very good with other people and makes friends easily.

    We are interested in looking at a very nice, comfortable nursing home, with specialized dementia care and activities, where mother can live and be cared for by skilled people who understand the disease and manifestations of dementia.

    Our sister, Kate Malone, has traveled extensively in India, so we understand the culture and morays. We like the idea of our mother being there, provided that there is expert care from people who understand and know how to deal with dementia patients.

    Can you please write back to us and let us know if you can advise us in this regard, of any live-in care facilities, in a wonderful environment in India, that would suit our mother.

    Thank you very much.

    1. There are very few live-in care facilities in India suitable for someone with dementia. However, do look around the site’s city-wise resource pages if you wish to locate and contact possible places for her stay.

      More important, I am not sure how suitable such a stay (in India) will be for someone from a different cultural background. As dementia progresses, she may be more comfortable with things familiar to her from her past–the songs, smells, music, way of talking, etc., that she has experienced in her younger years. Adjusting to something very different is more difficult for someone with dementia, even if they were adventurous and creative when younger. A different country with different languages and customs could cause stress and discomfort, and be extremely disorienting. Communication may also be more problematic because of the different cultures. I suggest you talk to your local Alzheimer’s Association to understand the pros and cons to consider while selecting a place suitable for her stay.

  5. Hi,

    The effort you are putting in for dementia care is great.I have found it difficult to get a proper day care for My father who is healthy ,but increasing dementia.It will be great if you can suggest any dementia day care centers in Alappuzha Or Thiruvalla area.

    thank you

    1. Try contacting the National Dementia Helpline numbers mentioned above on the page in case they are aware of any such centres. Also, try contacting Helpage India local branches. Best of luck.

  6. This is a request. My father is demincia patient .I am searching for a centre where they train how to handle such type of persons in Kerala particularly in Trivandrum . Thanks in Advance.


    1. You can try contacting the NATIONAL DEMENTIA HELPLINE (latest, correct numbers on the top of this page) . E-mail:

      Or contact the ARDSI Trivandrum Chapter (latest known contact details on the page above).

  7. This is a request , My Mother -in -Law is a dimenita patient. so we need one good care taker for her. If you have good people or authorized agencies please send me the number.It is urgent.


    1. Please contact the resources mentioned above, especially the National Dementia Helpline or any ARDSI or Helpage chapter in your city.

  8. My mother is 85 years and needs some one to look after her properly like bathing ,feeding and helping her in sitting or walking,cleaning her place etc. She is living in trivandrum. Where can I go for a trusted and sincere lady to look after ?

  9. Dear Madam,
    I father is 64 years old having dementia. Please mail me whether there are any hospitals or centers that will help him to reduce dementia so that he can do his own simple things like going her bathroom, etc

    1. Please contact any dementia organization in your city, such as your city’s ARDSI chapter. The city pages on this site will give you a starting point to locate such organizations; a list of the city-wise pages is here: http:///

      You can also read the page here for ideas on what you can do to help your father become more independent and to do normal tasks more easily, and how to help him, etc.:

      It is also useful to understand how to talk and understand persons with dementia more effectively. This page discusses various tips and includes a video on communication.

      Contact us by email (see our contact page) if you need more pointers on how to proceed.

      Another useful

  10. My father is 84 years from a middle class family and has memory problems. We would like to enroll him in a Day Care or full time Care Centre in Thrissur which provides services at nominal fees. We are unable to afford fees of some Centres where charges are very high.

    1. It is not clear whether your father has dementia or just age-related memory problems. if you have not contacted doctors to get his investigations/ diagnosis, please do that, because sometimes such problems can be reduced/ resolved by treating an underlying medical problem. The resources listed above will be able to help you reach organizations that can do such investigation.

      In case your father needs dementia care, the resources listed above may be able to help suitable place/ useful suggestion. Also, contact the National Dementia Helpline to see if they know anything suitable.

      Often, when it is not possible to find a suitable day care/ full-time care, families manage by putting together smaller simple solutions based at home, after using experts/ volunteer agencies to learn how to provide suitable care and environment for someone with dementia. That is, they learn how to adjust their homes to make lives easier for the person, show how to improve communication with the person and help them better (and with less stress), show them how to engage the person using activities that can easily be done at home, etc. Once family members know these, they are usually able to either do these themselves by taking turns. Or, if that is not possible, they are able to employ part-time help and then train and supervise the home help for taking care of the person with dementia. Most families handle this at home because day cares/ full time cares are not available/ not convenient/ too expensive for them.

  11. Good morning,
    I married in India a few years back and have moved here permanently from Canada. My father has dementia and is under care in a hospital in Ottawa Canada however the care is very poor. I am living in Varkala with my husband and would like to know if there are any good facilities nearby where my father could move. It would meant the world to me if he could live near me and i knew he was receiving love and good care. Please share any recommendations you may have. Thank you so much for your time and assistance. Shara

    1. Dear Shara, I suggest you see the page above to see if something is worth pursuing and evaluating, or contact the National Dementia Helpline (their numbers are also given on this page on the top).

  12. Hi,
    good evening, my father is 81 years , suffering Alzheimer since last 6 months. last 17 days he is in Century hospital Chengannur . but they asking a home nurse to caring my father in addition to the hospital care. they mention it will coast me around 50,000/ a month including all.

    I am here in UAE and unable to be there in Kerala to take care of my aged parents. my mother also very weak and unable to support my father.
    I am looking a care center can help me in this issue. i am in a very desperate situation. please advise me the nearest care center I can approach.

    1. I suggest you look at the list of centres mentioned on the page above, and also contact the National Dementia Helpline. You can also talk to some of the medical professionals and volunteers in the various dementia organizations listed above. I suggest calling them, as email responses are often slow and poor, and discussion is easier over phone.

    1. You can contact the National Dementia Helpline mentioned above, or any of the palliative care organizations mentioned above. They should be able to provide you with some leads/ suggestions. Best of luck.

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