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Fernihurst Nursing Home in Devon

19 Douglas Avenue, Exmouth, Devon, EX8 2HA
Dementia care
Nursing care
Residential care

Care home admissions during the Covid-19 pandemic

Safe admissions into our care homes includes the option for new residents to self-isolate in the comfort of their own home for 11 days, before joining us in the care home where they will be tested for Covid-19 and supported to self-isolate for 3 more days until the result of the test is known.

A care facility for residents who have complex nursing needs and also live with dementia, Fernihurst is a unique home where specialist care is provided by a devoted and dedicated team.

The nursing home has a Namaste room which is a calm and tranquil retreat that promotes relaxation. People who live with dementia and other forms of memory loss can at times feel agitated. In this room, there is a snoozelyn area with soothing lights and images, calming music, tactile furnishings and nostalgic photographs of days gone by in Exmouth. The smell of lavender and lemon fills the room and there is also special dough, which is calming as you massage it in your hands to release different aromatic smells. Members of the team are also trained to give our residents a relaxing hand and scalp massage.

Music, memories and mulled cider

Music therapy is also something our residents love and we are often joined by a lady from Singing for the Brain, an Alzheimer’s Society initiative which brings joy to people living with dementia. Another therapeutic activity which residents at the nursing home love, is spending time with birds and animals. Whether owls, guinea pigs, ducks, rabbits – or even the occasional horse - Fernihurst’s residents love animal therapy sessions.

For those who thrive on getting out and about, the local ‘Whizzy Bus’, makes a special stop at our nursing home every week to take our residents on delightful trips around Exmouth. These excursions are the perfect prompt to help our residents to recall happy memories of places they grew up or worked. And of course, the all-important ice cream stop at the beaches of Sidmouth or Budleigh.

Fernihurst also has a summer house, a focal point of garden parties. Each month this area is to be transformed with a different theme. Soon our residents will see an ice cream parlour, an old-fashioned sweet shop and at Christmas, it will become a scene from a winter wonderland, with mulled cider and all things festive. At Christmas, the local Devoncourt Hotel, which is well known in Exmouth for its spectacular lights display, saves our residents front row seat for the grand switch on. With hot chocolate, they have a prime position to see this stunning display, which marks the start of Christmas.

A path to well-being with garden therapy

In the main garden, which is completely enclosed, we have wheelchair friendly pathways, as well as special sensory features for our residents living with dementia. When you walk past certain points in this garden the sounds of relaxing ocean waves and animal noises play through special sensors. This garden also has a water feature and a giant canopy which looks like the sails of a ship. This area is wonderful for our spontaneous garden parties, where there is usually a coconut shy and plenty of singing!

Fernihurst is also proud to be a Member of the Exmouth Carers’ Group. This group, which is made up care organisations across the area, shares best practice and is supported by Age UK.

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Pre-bookable respite care at Fernihurst

Call our home today on 01395 224 112 or complete our Fernihurst enquiry form for more information on how to book respite care in Devon.

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Stories from the home

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COVID-19 Emergency Support Framework

Read the latest CQC engagement and support call framework summary (PDF 88KB) for Fernihurst Residential and Nursing Home.

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Community spirit

Thank you to Lisa Hamer at Mrs Snuggles Workshop The ultimate Children’s experience for spreading kindness during Covivd-19.

Sanctuary Care Apprentice Billy Pattison

Billy’s Nursing Associate Apprenticeship

Meet Billy, who is pursuing his dream career with us with a nursing associate apprenticeship, bridging the gap between care and nursing roles in our home.

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“My mother is cared for extremely well by all staff who are always attentive and caring with her needs.”

Son of resident.

Lounge at Fernihurst care home

Large and welcoming lounges

Our residents love to spend time with family in our spacious lounges or enjoy a hand massage from a member of our team.

The great outdoors

Our gardens are beautiful to look at, but also provide a tranquil outing for our residents who need a spot of fresh air.

Spacious bedrooms to call home

The bedrooms at Fernihurst are bright and spacious for our residents to feel comfortable and relaxed.

Dining with support

The catering teams serve up nutritious meals in a calm environment and staff are on hand to support for a dignified experience.

Facilities at this home


  • Ensuite
  • Hairdressing salon
  • Lounges
  • Namaste room
  • Summer house
  • Wheelchair accessible garden
  • Wifi


  • Gardening
  • Live entertainment
  • Pet therapy
  • Reminiscence sessions
  • Sensory activities
  • Singing
  • Skittles
  • Therapeutic exercise

Care and support

  • Chiropody
  • Hairdressing
  • Home cooked meals
  • Physiotherapy
  • Podiatry
  • Respite Care
Care staff

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New residents can either self-isolate in their own home before coming to the care home, or join us and then self-isolate*.

Sanctuary Care new admissions information

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Update from Sarah Clarke-Kuehn (Visiting) – Group Director Sanctuary Care 5 November 2020

Update from Sarah Clarke-Kuehn (Adult Social Care Winter Plan) – Group Director Sanctuary Care 21 September 2020

Update from Sarah Clarke-Kuehn (Visiting) – Group Director Sanctuary Care 14 September 2020

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