This page contains information specific for dementia care in Kolkata, 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 Bengali).
- General tips for locating relevant resources in a city.
ARDSI Calcutta Chapter’s Dementia Helpline at 08232014540 Monday to Saturday, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm (old number, +91 33 32214540, not in use any more: update obtained June 2016)(www.ardsikolkata.org Opens in new window)
Helpage India’s tollfree helpline for dementia/ elders issues: 1800-345-1253 (This national toll free number – BSNL 11 digit number is operational within the city and reachable from any service provider.)
|Facility||Address and other details|
ARDSI Calcutta Chapter, Kolkata
ARDSI Calcutta Chapter
Offers counselling, care support, memory clinic, training for home carers, home visit, day care for dementia patients, etc, and runs helpline. Actively arranges events like awareness programs. Also contact to check availability of dementia/ caregiving material in English and Bengali
Operating Hours: 10:00am – 4:00 pm (Monday- Saturday)
In September 2014, the chapter started a dementia clinic in Dishari Hospital in Chandernagore. More work is now being done in Chandernagore, as announced in September 2017. For more information/ appointment, please contact them. News and updates from ARDSI Kolkata are available in their newsletters, available here Opens in new window.
In September 2017, the chapter hosted an International Conference on dementia along with the 21st ARDSI National Conference. Earlier, in 2009, the chapter had hosted the 15th ARDSI National Conference.
Other dementia resources/ memory clinics/ training resources
Calcutta Metropolitan Institute of Gerontology sometimes offers dementia training. Visit their websiteCalcutta Metropolitan Institute of Gerontology Opens in new window
National Neurosciences Centre, is another possible resource for diagnosis support. Their contact:
Earlier information indicated a diagnosis resource as
Please note that the Dementia Day Care project of Helpage India, earlier at Kalyan Ashram, Paramhansa Deb Road, Kolkata, has been discontinued. Contact Helpage directly to see if they have any new offering specifically for dementia. Contact details of Helpage given in the next section, below.
|Listings: possible providers for home health care services (organizations working in multiple cities)||Some home-health services are available in multiple cities and can be contacted to find out if they offer anything in your city. Please check the reliability and quality; a service that is good in one city may not be good in another. Typical services you can ask about are: 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
|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.
Dignity Helpline: + 91- 33 – 30690999
Helpage India’s tollfree helpline: 1800-345-1253 (This national toll free number – BSNL 11 digit number is operational within the city and reachable from any service provider.)
|Facility||Address and other details|
|Helpage India, Kolkata||
Contact Person: Mrs. Susmita Ghose, National Director (East & North)
Ask them about any elder care services, or about any dementia-related initiative, 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.
|Dignity Foundation, Kolkata||
20 L, Dhakuria Station Road, P.O.- Dhakuria
|Other sources for information on attendants, old age homes, etc.||Calcutta Metropolitan Institute of Gerontology Opens in new window works in the area of elder care, offering services to elders, doing training, research and publications, including training people for geriatric care.|
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 Kolkata, Kolkatta, Calcutta , 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: email@example.com) 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