Hounslow Council


Health, recovery and wellbeing

We want to make sure that people remain healthy and active for as long as possible.  Feeling good and functioning well are an important part of being healthy.

Intermediate care in the community is a range of health and social care services available to promote faster recovery from illness.  Intermediate care from hospital will support you to regain your strength and confidence before returning home.  Around the time your discharge is being planned we will also assess you to see if you need additional help after leaving hospital.

A short stay in a residential home may give you the extra care and support you need after you have left hospital.  A short stay in a nursing home can also be helpful to get you back on your feet and ready to return home.

Health conditions and services

Continuing healthcare is care provided over an extended period of time to adults to meet physical or mental health needs which have arisen as the result of disability, accident or illness.

End of life care (sometimes referred to as palliative care) helps anyone with an incurable illness to live as well as possible until they die. It also provides support for the person’s family.

Getting access to information at any time day or night can be immensely reassuring. There are a number of websites providing helpful information on health conditions and services available in Hounslow.

NHS Hounslow provides a guide to the local health services in the area and how to access them

NHS Direct is an online information and advice service allowing you to check your symptoms and find out more about health conditions

NHS Choices provides information from the National Health Service on conditions, treatments, local services and healthy living.

Dementia

Dementia is a term used to describe various different brain disorders that have in common a loss of brain function that is usually progressive and eventually severe. Caring for someone with dementia can be exhausting and emotionally draining. Please contact us to find out how to get help if you are worried about yourself or a family member. Support and information (including help for carers) is available from us and from national bodies such as the Alzheimer's Society. This includes dementia care training and help living at home.

Mental health

We work with West London Mental Health Trust to provide a range of mental health services. If you're in good mental health you can make the most of your potential, cope with everyday life and play a full part in your family, workplace, community and among friends.  

At some point in our lives however, one in four of us will be affected by a mental health problem. We can help you if you think there is a problem.

If you feel as though no-one is listening or you have trouble explaining what you want or need – an advocate can help.

If you care for someone with mental health problems, help for carers is available. Alternatively, get in contact with us and we can point you in the right direction.

Emotional support

Advice on dealing with emotional stress can be helpful to your sense of health and wellbeing.  You may find talking over your problems with someone valuable.  There are also a number of support groups operating in Hounslow that you might find useful to attend. You can contact us for help and advice or there are a number of national helplines such as Samaritans.

Healthy living

We want to encourage and support everybody to be active and choose a healthier lifestyle as there is clear evidence to show that you could live longer and feel happier and more positive.

There are a range of services in Hounslow that can provide you with information and help to keep you well and get the most from your life.

Find out about new campaigns linked to healthy eating, stopping smoking and what sports and leisure activities are running in the area.  If you enjoy exercise for health, then why not consider becoming a health trainer.

Drugs, alcohol and substance misuse can have a devastating effect on family, friends and the local community.  There is help available.

We have clear and accurate advice on sexual health including contraception, sexually transmitted infections and HIV and Aids. You can also find out about the work the Gay Men's project are doing to promote healthy living.