What we know
The term psychosocial denotes both the psychological and social aspects of a person’s life. Psychological characteristics include emotions, thoughts, attitudes, motivation and behaviour. Social aspects denote the way in which a person relates to and interacts with their environment and includes financial and practical issues.
Psychosocial care can help an older person with a life-limiting illness and their family to cope with changes and concerns as they approach the end of their life. Psychological distress for people receiving palliative care may take many forms including fear, feeling overwhelmed, not managing with change, lack of hope, sense of being a burden, spiritual distress, existential distress, anxiety and depression.