Northwestern's Comprehensive Care Model - Social Work Services

The professional Social Worker on the team understands movement disorders and their effect on not only the patient but also the entire family system. The Social Worker plays multiple roles, both within and outside the clinic setting.

During neurology clinic visits, the Social Worker:

  • evaluates patient and family functioning, e.g. emotional state, thinking and communicating, social support, caregiver issues and needs
  • distributes educational publications about multiple aspects of Parkinson's disease and movement disorders
  • counsels patients, care partners, and family members
  • provides a wealth of information about concrete services and community resources
  • makes direct referrals to community programs
  • follows up in the coordination of care with collateral agencies

Direct referrals might include:

  • driving safety evaluation
  • legal, disability, and guardianship counsel
  • transportation assistance programs
  • home care
  • long-term care
  • individual or family counseling

Outside of clinic time, the Social Worker leads support groups for patients and caregivers, teaches about movement disorders to professionals and community groups, and coordinates the Center's educational symposia.

Comprehensive Care Model