Resources for dementia care: Bangalore (Bengaluru), Mysore (Mysooru)

This page contains resources specific for dementia care in Bangalore and Mysore, 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

Dementia helpline: 9342730936 (run by ARDSI Bangalore Chapter/ Nightingales Medical Trust, 9am to 9pm, working days, multiple Indian languages)(older number 9342730959 not working right now)

Facility Address and other details
ARDSI Bangalore Chapter (Bangalore chapter of ARDSI, promoted by Nightingales Medical Trust)

Alzheimer’s and Related Disorders Society of India, Bangalore Chapter

For ARDSI Bangalore Chapter services and activities, contact Nightingales Medical Trust
337 1st Block, 2nd Cross, R.T. Nagar Bangalore – 560 032
Phone: 91 80 23548444, 9243100560 (or check: their contact page). You can also email them at dementiabangalore@gmail.com and nightingalesmt@gmail.com.

Nightingales Centre for Ageing & Alzheimer’s,
Kasturi Nagar
(and upcoming at Kolar)

and

Nightingales Dementia Care
Sandhya Kirana

(projects of Nightingales Medical Trust)

Nightingales Centre for Ageing & Alzheimer’s

#8P6, 3rd-A Cross, East of NGEF Layout,
Kasturinagar (Next to BWSSB Water Tank), Banaswadi,
Bangalore – 560043
080 – 42426565 080 – 65356535

Admin manager: Ms. Chitra Kamat: 91-9243727215

Email: ncaa@nightingaleseldercare.com, admin_ncaa@nightingaleseldercare.com

Offers services for elders and dementia patients, including day care, respite care, acute assessments, memory clinics, counselling, etc. Check the project page. The facility is in heavy demand and has been expanding its capacity to the extent possible. It now (April 2014) accommodates 86 residents and has a long waiting queue.

Update April 21, 2014: NMT will soon be inaugurating a residential facility at Kolar and have informed us that:

In view of the growing demand, now we are establishing a 38 bed dementia care facility at Kolar which is about 60km from Bangalore. This centre is being set up at the premises of ETCM hospital. Using technology and telemedicine solutions , the cost of dementia care is expected to be about 30% lower than our cost at NCAA. Please note the quality of care will be as same as NCAA.

This new facility is expected to be functional from first week of May. At the centre , we shall offer long term and short term institutional care services for those affected with dementia.

In case you have anyone known to you looking for institutional care. Please let us know. You can contact us for further details at 9986510443/9035025443 or email us at research@nightingaleseldercare.com

Nightingales Dementia Care,
Sandhya Kirana,
O’Shangassey Road, Opp. Sita Bhateja Nursing Home, Akkithimmanahalli, Shantinagar
Bangalore – 560025
080-41248448 OR 41248449

Offers services like day care and counselling. Check the project page.

Email contact ids include dementiabangalore@gmail.com, nightingalesmt@gmail.com and ncaa@nightingaleseldercare.com

Nightingales Medical Trust also has training programs and other initiatives to support dementia awareness and caregiver support. See announcement of training program and a newspaper interview. For other activities, such as a 60km awareness walk in September 2013 from Kolar to Bangalore, see reports at these links: article 1, article 2, and article 3.

NIMHANS

A well-equipped, reputed, top-notch hospital for neurology, for diagnosis, treatment, and counselling. NIMHANS is staffed with several reputed, award-winning doctors of international renown. Conducts weekly OPD clinic on dementia. Has India’s only”brain bank.”

NIMHANS, Hosur Road
Bangalore – 560029, India
Phone: 91-080-26995001/5002, 26564140, 26561811, 26565822
Fax: 91-080-26564830
Website: http://www.nimhans.kar.nic.in

Link for weekly OPD clinic:  link
Link for brain bank and research: link


NIMHANS is a Govt. hospital, and can be approached for certificates required for tax and other governmental purposes.

Other Bangalore-based diagnostic facilities/ memory clinics
Manipal Hospital, Airport Road, Bangalore
(Has a neurology department, and also runs memory clinics)
98, HAL Airport Road, Bangalore – 560017
Phone: 080-2502 4444/3344
Fax: 080-2526 6757
e-mail: info@manipalhospitals.com
Web: http://www.manipalhospitals.com/bangalore/hal-airport-road.html

Manipal also provides some services for home care: Check here.

Spandana Nursing Home
(Clinic by Dr M Srinivasan/ Dr Mahesh)
4th Block, Rajaji Nagar, Bangalore 560010

Phone: (080) 23153500, 23154544

Spandana also provides attendants for home care

ARDSI Mysore Chapter

Alzheimer’s and Related Disorders Society of India, Mysore Chapter

The ARDSI Mysore Chapter co-chairman is Dr. Hanumanthachar Joshi, Principal of Sarada Vilas College of Pharmacy.

The chapter is currently located at:
Sarada Vilas College of Pharmacy
Sarada Vilas Road,
Krishnamurthypuram,
Mysore- 570 004
Tel (try all): (0821) 2488612, (0821) 2332163, 09448632253
Email: ardsimysore@gmail.com and amanjoshi17@yahoo.com

The ARDSI Mysore Chapter was inaugurated in June, 2013. Related newspaper reports are available at Times of India and Deccan Herald.

In September 2013, the ARDSI Mysore Chapter organized a walk as part of its dementia awareness drive on World Alzheimer’s Day. Read the report here.

Pain/ Palliative Care

Hospitals active in palliative care include St.John’s Medical College Hospital (they have a Pain and Palliative Care Unit, contact Dr Shoba Nair) and Bangalore Baptist Hospital( offers palliative home care).

Palliative care is also available in hospitals/ organizations working in cancer, such as HCG Bangalore Institute of Oncology, Kidwai Memorial Institute of Oncology and Karunashraya and organizations working with HIV/ AIDS, such as Samraksha (they have Asha Jyoti, a Rural Continuum of Care) and Snehadaan. Another hospital mentioned in available resources is Vydehi Institute of Medical Sciences (wiki page here, but website may not be working).

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

Palliative resources in Karnataka are listed by Pallium and by Pain & Palliative Care Society.

Others List of some other resources in Bangalore (many names/ phone numbers may be outdated) here
Other resources/ tips for home care/ trained attendants/ caregiver support The resources listed above may be able to provide home care/ attendants trained for dementia, or they may point you to other resources.

The sections below (resources for elders and general tips) may also be useful. 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

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Helplines and other resources for elders

Elders Helpline: 1090 (toll-free)/ 080-22943226, run by Nightingales Medical Trust and Bangalore City Police.
Helpage helpline: 1800 180 1253 (tollfree number)
Dignity helpline: (080) 4151 1307, run by Dignity Foundation, working days, working hours only

Facility Address and other details
Helpage India, Bangalore Branch Office Address: 113, Royal Corner
No 1 & 2 Lal Bagh Road
Bangalore-560 027 Karnataka
Tel. No.: 080-22213107/22124594
Email:bangalore@helpageindia.org
Elders Helpline 1090/ 080-22943226(a collaboration with Bangalore Police)

Helps elders with distress calls, family disputes, rehabilitation and counselling, tracing missing elders, etc. Also provides list of old age homes and agencies that supply attendants and nurses.

round Floor, No. 1, Infantry Road,
Bangalore 1

Krishna Rajendra Rd, Basavanagudi, Bangalore – 04
Toll-free Tel: 1090
Phone: +91 80 2294 3226

Nightingales Medical Trust

Offers support for seniors through initiatives like elders enrichment centre, jobs 60+, senior citizen cards, etc.

337, 2nd Cross,
1st Block, R T Nagar
Bangalore – 560 032
Phone: +91 80 235 48444 / +91 80 2354 8555
Fax: +91 80 2354 8999
Email: nightingales@vsnl.net
Web (use phone number if website does not work): http://nightingaleseldercare.com

Also, see below: Bangalore-related dementia news

Nightingales Wellness Pvt. Ltd

(earlier called NHHS, or Nightingales Home Health Services)

Provides home nursing and home medical services

Contact details at http://www.nightingalebangalore.com/contact.html

For admin queries: Mr. S. Premkumar Raja, Director – Admin, Mobile No. : 09243100560

Email: directors@nightingalebangalore.com, enquiry@nightingalebangalore.com, frontoffice_rtn@nightingalebangalore.com, frontoffice_ksn@nightingalebangalore.com
Web (use phone number if website does not work): NHHS website
NHHS was renamed Nightingales Wellness Pvt. Ltd with effect from April 1, 2014
Dignity Foundation, Bengaluru Address: 383, 33rd Cross, 17th Main
Jayanagar 4th T Block
(Opposite: BES Ladies Hostel)
Bengaluru – 560 041
Ph: (080) 4151 1307
Email: dignity.bengaluru@gmail.com (the earlier email, dignity.jp@gmail.com is no longer working)
Website (works intermittently, information outdated; phone contact more reliable): http://www.dignityfoundation.com


Please note that Bangalore’s Dignity Dementia Day Care mentioned on their website has been closed for quite a while now.
Other sources for information on attendants, old age homes, etc. A possible list of resources (may be outdated) is here

A possible list of old age homes in Bangalore (may be outdated) is available under Senior Citizen Essentials link on this site.

Red Cross, Kottayam, also provides 24-hour attendants for many cities in South India, and may help for Bangalore

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General tips for locating relevant resources:
  • A list of local services can usually be obtained by surfing the Internet using keywords and the name of the city, such as “home nursing Bangalore”, “dementia care Bangalore”, “old age homes Bangalore.”
  • Combine your search string with various versions of the city name in searches, such as Bangalore, Bengaluru, Bengalooru. So, a search could be “old age homes Bengaluru” or “dementia Bengalooru”
  • The larger hospitals of the city will usually have memory clinics to help the initial diagnosis of a patient. Search for “memory clinic Bangalore” and other such phrases.
  • 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 old number/ name of hospital/ doctor, etc., you can try to get the latest correct number/ address using local telephone inquiry/ assistance services or services like Justdial (0888-888-8888) and Askme (0444-444-4444).

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Please contact the resources listed above if you are looking for dementia/ care support in Bangalore. If you are looking for resources in other Indian cities/ regions, or across India, check out these links:

Other useful links:

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This page was last updated in April 2014 with 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 in any way, 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 in any way intended to be 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.

2 comments to Resources for dementia care: Bangalore (Bengaluru), Mysore (Mysooru)

  • Geriatric Clinic and Services

    Dear Sir/Madam,
    NIMHANS is observing World Alzheimer’s Day and World Elder’s Day for a week from 26th September to 1st October 2011. We solicit your and your organisation’s presence and active participation
    during the Public Forum on 27th September 2011 and 1st October 2011.
    Looking forward to your support.
    Thank You
    Coordinated by
    Geriatric Clinic and Services, NIMHANS

  • SSR

    We used Portea.com services to get a nurse for my wife who needed IV thrice a day. The Portea helpline was not helpful, but I went to their office and talked to them. The nurse they sent was very good. Someone told me later that I could also have tried using Clumax, but I don’t know about them because I never contacted them.

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