Nursing care home Exeter

  • Woodhayes Care Home (Exterior), Exeter
  • Woodhayes Care Home (Residents), Exeter
  • Woodhayes Care Home (Garden), Exeter

Brendoncare is a registered charity, dedicated to improving the quality of life for older people through our 10 care homes and 90 friendship and wellbeing clubs. Brendoncare Woodhayes offers a care home in Exeter for 24 residents where older people are helped to live as independently as possible and where the emphasis is on quality and enjoyment of life.

About Woodhayes

Woodhayes is set in the delightful St Leonard's district of Exeter and has a character all of its own. It consists of two large Victorian listed houses which have been converted into a single home offering residential and nursing care for 24 people, and its aim is to enable older people to live independent, happy and fulfilling lives.

Nursing Home

Woodhayes provides a home where older people can be helped to live as normally as possible and where the emphasis is on quality and enjoyment of life. The staff offer highly skilled nursing care when necessary, and are proud to do so in an atmosphere where residents can feel they are still in charge of their own lives.

The original nature of the buildings has been maintained as far as possible and, with its large reception rooms, classical veranda and mature gardens, the home has a unique atmosphere. Each room is different, with its own particular character, and so can reflect the personality of each resident.

The home's philosophy is that residents should be able to make decisions for themselves and choose how to spend their time. Many of them enjoy going out, joining in activities or just spending time with each other. There are regular visitors to the home which enjoys strong links with the local community and an active group of fund-raisers.

Led by an enthusiastic and well-qualified home manager, the staff at Woodhayes work as a close team and are committed to the Brendoncare philosophy. They make every effort to provide care which promotes privacy and dignity, and to understand each resident's needs and preferences. Registered nurses are always on duty supported by well-trained care assistants, and all the staff receive continuous education and development. Local GPs support the home and visit regularly so that residents can be registered with the doctor of their choice. A chiropodist attends the home on a regular basis and other services can always be arranged.


"My 98 year old mum spent the last week of her life surrounded by the comfort, care and compassion provided by the staff of this wonderful home. Nothing was too much trouble and she was nursed with respect and love. As a proud, dignified lady who had always wanted to remain in her own home, she was peaceful and content here and I will be forever grateful. An old Victorian house, it has the feeling of a real home and not a hospital. Patient care and comfort are prioritised by the friendly, caring and professional staff, who recognise that this is usually the residents’ last home and that they should be treated with appropriate dignity. Thank you so much to all the lovely staff at Woodhayes."

Daughter of resident

"I am always made to feel welcome. Regardless of how busy they must be, they are always welcoming and have a word. I really like this feeling of being welcomed into a home. I like, too, whenever I take my mother out, they welcome her back like a long lost family member and I can’t praise them highly enough on that score. Top marks here!"

Annual Relatives' Survey, November 2018

"I totally recommend Woodhayes. My wife has been a resident for twelve months. I witness the care and kind consideration with which the staff treat each resident."

Husband of resident

"The care is personal and individual, the staff get to know the residents closely...The home is well managed and run. Highly recommend."

Son of resident

"The staff are all, without exception, friendly and helpful and nothing seems to be too much trouble. I would be very happy to live at Woodhayes myself."

Daughter of resident

“Thank you so much for all you do for my Granny. Your individual care, interest and support towards all the residents is so noticeable. Little things like reading cards which arrive for Granny which you read with her make a huge difference to us, her family. Thank you for all the seemingly little things, which are indeed big things, that you do.” 

Grand-daughter of resident

“We will miss Woodhayes. The staff at Woodhayes are wonderful and we would like to thank you all for the generous love and care you gave Mum. It is very comforting to know that her nursing and care was in such good hands. A huge thank you to you all.” 

Daughter of resident

Respite Care

Brendoncare Respite Care (Winchester)

Do you care for someone who needs support while you go on holiday or have a bit of time to focus on your needs? Perhaps you need some short-term care or some support while you recover from a hospital stay or operation? We can help.

Our approach to respite care is simple; a care and support plan devised around your needs and a warm welcome to our home, however long you are staying with us. Plus, there are options to extend your visit, if you feel you would like to stay with us longer, so you can take as long as you need to recuperate.

At all of our homes there is a full range of activities on offer for everyone to enjoy or quieter spaces for more tranquil moments. Food is an important part of every day and our chefs spend time with residents, finding out their likes and dislikes. While every Brendoncare home is different, the care provided by each is firmly based on the values of kindness, care, choice and community.

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End-of-life Care

End of life care

Our end-of-life services are focused on providing expert support for individuals and their families as they approach their last days, in a respectful, dignified and comfortable environment.

Our qualified, experienced staff are on hand at all times to provide nursing care, which is based on the expressed wishes of the individual. We work with other healthcare professionals to create a palliative approach which supports the person and their family.


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Gill Price,
Home Manager,

Brendoncare Woodhayes,
36-40 St Leonard's Road,

Phone: 01392 667290
Fax: 01392 667292
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