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.
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.
“Dear Jonny. Thank you so much for all your 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.”
Granddaughter of resident, October 2017
“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, October 2017
"Well done Woodhayes! What a lovely day you and all your delightful carers, chefs, cooks, housekeepers etc. gave to us. Thank you so much."
Visitor to Woodhayes for Care Home Open Day, June 2017
“Thank you all so very much for all your kindnesses and patience with my cousin. She had a really happy and satisfying last 2 years of her life with you. Carry on the good work!”
Family of resident, June 2015
“Although we have personally thanked you and, hopefully all we came into contact with at Woodhayes, we just wanted to put our thoughts down in print concerning the wonderful care you gave to my mother, in the last year of her life. Right from the start, we felt that the way in which you dealt with the difficult transition from her being in her own home, to going into Woodhayes was so sensitively handled that we immediately felt that our decision had been a right one. We also felt that she would get the sort of care one would wish for oneself.
“It was not just mum who you put at ease and looked after but also ourselves. You were never too busy to talk to us on the phone, or to reassure us that all was well and to set our minds at rest over her wellbeing. We can never thank you enough just for that. The care she received from you all was not just about people doing their job, it had a sense of kindness and love, towards the residents, which took the caring to a level that seemed more like joining an extended family."
Family of resident, March 2015
“Thanks to the staff at Woodhayes Care Home whose care and kindness to M knew no bounds.”
Family of resident, 2015
“I wanted to write to express my thanks to you and to all the staff at Woodhayes for the way you all cared for Mum. It was a difficult time for Mum and for all the family when the decision had to be made that she would move into a home and you helped us enormously at that time. Your attitude was reassuring, calm and helpful and your wealth of experience was of great benefit to us all. You’ve always been so approachable and willing to listen and help and I think you do a great job.
“I would like to give special thanks to Vanessa and Shirley for all the activities and trips. They work so hard to extend the horizons of residents. Mum often acknowledged this and as a family, we really appreciated it. I’d like to thank all the carers who looked after Mum during her 2 years at Woodhayes. I know that their job can be difficult and demanding, it requires patience and good humour and we are truly grateful that they were kind and helpful to her throughout. With my heartfelt thanks."
Family of resident, May 2015
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.
“My mum enjoyed her respite stay with you and we were delighted to find her stronger and brighter. Your philosophy of care has worked well for her.” Daughter of resident, May 2017
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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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36-40 St Leonard's Road,
Phone: 01392 667290
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