Dementia is a severe disorder of the brain which affects 1 in 20 persons over the age of 65. Alzheimer's is a common form of Dementia. Dementia is often mistaken for just old age and hence the treatment is delayed.
What is the Solution
DEMCARES (Dementia Care in SCARF), a dementia focused programme, was launched by the Schizophrenia Research Foundation (SCARF) (http://scarfindia.org) in January 2015. Since then, DEMCARES has successfully provided clinical and support services for persons with dementia and their families. You can read more about our work at http://www.dementiaindia.org.
Now SCARF would like to build the very first care facility in the south Indian state of Tamil Nadu that is exclusively designed for persons with dementia - The Dementia Short-Term Care and Rehabilitation Facility (DEMSCARF). It is one of the most ambitious projects launched to date by the Schizophrenia Research Foundation (SCARF) and its dementia focused programme called DEMCARES.
DEMSCARF - Building and Infrastructure (proposed)
DEMSCARF will be built on land in Tambaram donated by a benefactor. It will cater exclusively to patients with dementia. The facility will have -:
- 20 beds for men and women on separate floors.
- 24 hour medical and nursing supervision and ambulance access
- Individual cubicles, dormitories, activity and dining areas, terrace garden with walking track
- Customized, dementia friendly structure with inputs from Dementia Services Development Centre, University of Stirling, Scotland.
- Eco-friendly and safe structure with solar panels and rainwater harvesting
Board approval to launch the project was obtained in June 2017 and Phase 1 is currently completed. DEMSCARF is to be commissioned by April 2019 at a cost of approximately INR 3.5 crore.
Your contribution can help SCARF build the very first care facility in the south Indian state of Tamil Nadu that is exclusively designed for persons with dementia.
SCARF now requires funds worth 1 crore to build Phase 2 of the project which is for developing the infrastructure of the facility.
Your contribution will have a huge impact on these patients who need our support more than ever.