4.5 Management of social care
When someone faces diagnosis and then the progression of a life limiting condition, many psychosocial issues will arise. These may include fears around diagnosis and an uncertainty about their future, with loss of independence and losing their role within the family. They may have anxieties about finances, about their independence and finally a fear of developing dementia.
Management of these changes – both physical and mental – will require early identification and an impeccable assessment with prompt referral to the appropriate team or professional.
The family/carers will require support from social services, carer support groups and Parkinson’s support groups. Signposting to charities that provide support, education and guidance is also advisable.