Services provided by ARDSI
The services provided by the ARDSI Delhi Chapter are aimed specifically at reducing the burden of Alzheimer’s and to prevent the toll that it takes on the family members, caregivers and those who are diagnosed with dementia. The services provided by the chapter include Day Care facilities (currently on hold due to the Pandemic), counselling and guidance for family members, training for home care and organizing memory clinics.
Dementia Day Care
The Delhi Chapter of ARDSI and HelpAge India teamed up together to open a Dementia Day Care Centre in Tughlakabad Extension, New Delhi on 17th December, 2011.
ARDSI provided technical expertise and HelpAge India sponsored the unit. The centre accommodated up to 10 people. A van picked up the patients from their homes and dropped them back in the evening. The centre was staffed by trained carers, nursing assistants, ARDSI volunteers and visiting doctors including a psychiatrist. The daily routine began with a prayer followed by yoga, games, television, lunch, rest and refreshments in the evening.
Our Day Care Centre is currently closed due to the pandemic. We are receiving inquiries on a daily basis. This is testimony to the fact that people are becoming more aware. We expect greater memberships and hope to serve more people in the facility, as soon as we can make it operational again.
All our Board members as well as many more, comprising competent and empathetic volunteers, provide caregiving counselling.
They do this either at our Centre or during home visits. They sensitize nurses and caregiving institutions to the specialized techniques that are required by any caregiver involved in the care of a person afflicted with Alzheimer’s.