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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] [1]

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.

Facilities for patients of Alzheimer’s/ other dementias

NATIONAL DEMENTIA HELPLINE: 0484-277-5088 (Mon-Sat 10 AM-4 PM). E-mail: ndh@ardsi.org
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

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: ndh@ardsi.org
Other Dementia Helplines: 984 619 8471, 984 619 8473, 984 619 8786
E-mail: ardsinationaloffice@gmail.com

Their website is here Opens in new window [5] but calling them up is better for updated information on events and chapters. (also, the old site www.alzheimer.org.in is defunct and not with ARDSI)
ARDSI also has presence on Facebook: ARDSI National Office FB page Opens in new window [6], National Dementia Helpline FB page Opens in new window [7], and Alzheimer’s & Related Disorders Society of India FB group (public group) Opens in new window [8].

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: smruthipadhamgvr@gmail.com

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
Email: rccharmonyhome@gmail.com

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.

E-mail: mhhcalicut@gmail.com [9]

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
Email: cochinharmonyhome@gmail.com

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.

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 [10]
(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
E-mail: ksidekm@gmail.com
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 [11]
Emails: care@signaturefoundation.com, alex@signaturefoundation.com, alexsignaturehomes@gmail.com
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

mjsebastian02@yahoo.co.in [12]

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): sasidharanmg@yahoo.com, mgsnair1944@gmail.com, ichan7765@yahoo.co.in

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

Phone: +91-471-2384151 (landline Snehasadanam)
Mr Jose, Administrator, Snehasadanam, : 09745097872, 8281554872
Emails: georgemathew_in@yahoo.com, d.kuttappan@yahoo.co.in, robert_mathew90@yahoo.co.in, abrahamshalley@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. 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).

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

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: www.caremarkindia.in

Guardian Angel Homecare (P) Ltd. , 34/448, Pipeline Road, Padivattom, Kochi, Kerala, India – 682024
Phone: + +91-484-2806869 / 8589098181
Email: customercare@gahc.co.in
Web: www.gahc.co.in

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 http://www.indiahomehealthcare.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 [13]. 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: kochi@helpageindia.org [14], Biju.Mathew@helpageindia.org [15]More emails: headoffice@helpageindia.org Website: helpageindia.org
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 [16] and their directory for palliative care resources in Kerala Opens in new window [17]. Or Pallium India (Trivandrum) Opens in new window [18] and their Kerala directory Opens in new window [19].

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 [21].

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 [22]

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City-wise/ Region-wise resources [23] andResources across multiple Indian cities [24]. 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: 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 [25] and Using Trained Attendants for Dementia Home Care [13].

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 11, 2019