Getting support with day-to-day living and reducing isolation

Examples of Support

Developing personalised support packages

Self-Directed Support

Social Work – Children’s Services

Support from family & friends

Local community groups & organisations

Reducing isolation

Disease progression

Loss/ bereavement


Social isolation

Dealing with prejudice & stigma

Coping strategies

Spiritual needs

Specialist clothing ( e.g. Limon Attire )

Financial worries

Impact of behavioural changes on wider family

Dealing with feelings of guilt

Concerns about suicide or feeling suicidal

Pressures of being a caregiver

Worries about the future

Key Services and People

HD Service ( HD Clinical Lead , HD Specialists, Specialist Youth Advisor, Financial Wellbeing Officer )

Health & Community Care Services ( Inverclyde , East Dunbartonshire , West Dunbartonshire , East Renfrewshire , Renfrewshire , Glasgow City )

Appropriate recreational & leisure opportunities (see Capability Scotland & Focus on Disability  , Turning Point Scotland  )

HD Support Groups

Advocacy ( Inverclyde , East Renfrewshire, West Dunbartonshire , East Dunbartonshire , Renfrewshire , Glasgow City , Scottish Independence Advocacy Alliance )

Assistive Technology ( Also see East Renfrewshire , Renfrewshire , Inverclyde , East Dunbartonshire )

Specialist clothing ( e.g. Limon Attire )

Social Work – Children & Education Services ( Inverclyde , East Dunbartonshire , West Dunbartonshire , East RenfrewshireRenfrewshire , Glasgow City )

Children’s Services ( third sector e.g. ChildlineBarnardo’s , Children 1st,  NSPCC , Action for Children )

Support Services ( e.g. Breathing Space , Richmond Fellowship, Parentline )

Carer Support Services ( e.g. GGC,  Inverclyde , East Dunbartonshire , West Dunbartonshire , East Renfrewshire , RenfrewshireCarers Trust , Carers Scotland , Shared Care Scotland , Care Information Scotland )

Emergency Services

Driving Assessment Centre

Occupational Therapy  ( also see East Dunbartonshire , InverclydeRenfrewshire  )

Faith based organisations ( see Chaplaincy Services or  Interfaith Forum )


Speech & Language Therapy ( also see Inverclyde , West Dunbartonshire & Renfrewshire )

Seating, postural control & wheelchair services

Hospice/ Palliative Care Services

Integrated Multi Agency Arrangements, Referral Pathways and Resources

HD Specialists or Specialist Youth Advisor will assess the unmet need of each client and signpost to relevant Health & Social Care Services. HD Specialist also able to assist and signpost to relevant services in event of client becoming involved with criminal justice system.


People with HD who have complex needs must be treated and supported by a multi-agency team (examples include Care Programme Approach and Long Term Care reviews) and have a named Care Manager.

Individuals should have support to be part of their local community in line with Health & Social Care Standards.

Police to keep people with HD on Vulnerable Adults Database, where appropriate.

Fire Brigade to offer risk assessment to all people with HD, where appropriate.

Health & Social Care Partnerships to provide an allocated worker to link with specialist team for all HD clients, where appropriate.


People living with HD and their families feel well informed of and connected to support services, are able to live independent lives where care is personalised to their specific needs.

National Care Framework for Huntington's Disease