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Greenslades Nursing Home in Devon

Willeys Avenue, Exeter, Devon, EX2 8BE
Dementia care
Nursing care
Palliative care
Residential care
Respite 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.

Greenslades Nursing Home is located in the heart of the historic cathedral city of Exeter, Devon.

Providing nursing care, dementia care, palliative care and respite care, every member of our team at Greenslades is passionate about enriching each individual resident’s lives. In the recent Care Quality Commission report the home was rated ‘Good’ in all areas – and ‘Outstanding’ in Responsive, which focusses on activities.

Many of the nursing home’s residents also live with dementia. Ride On, a charity based in Exeter provides rickshaw rides around the local area. The rides bring such joy to the residents in helping to trigger happy memories of days gone by. They often ride past places they might have worked or where they grew up. Loved ones can enjoy the trips too and four members of the team are being trained to pilot the rickshaws so that our residents can go out more frequently.

Music and movement

Fun activities that inspire our residents to enjoy gentle exercise are very important, especially for our residents with nursing needs. Whether doing a spot of yoga to soothing music or shaking pompoms to a faster beat – these sessions bring smiles and laughter. Our gents – and ladies – particularly enjoy a game of armchair football and rugby, as well as skittles and French boules.

Greenslades is often filled with music. A gospel choir regularly comes in from a nearby church, as well as youngsters from the local school who sing for residents. At Christmas, the Bicycle Choir always visit for a special musical treat on two wheels.

Keeping residents connected with the local community is something that we always support them with. Students from the University of Exeter come along to do everything from reading with our residents to playing bingo. Meanwhile, students from Exeter College come to our home every week for work experience. Our residents love their visits and seeing so many fresh faces makes them feel young at heart.

Four-legged friends from The Donkey Sanctuary at Sidmouth in Devon often trot by for a visit. The charity brings its donkeys to Greenslades and other nursing homes to spend time with the residents, who absolutely adore them. We are also organising trips to the sanctuary in our minibus. Another popular visitor to Greenslades is Jamie. This gentle giant is a retired greyhound who comes along for some pet therapy.

Every week we hold four religious services at Greenslades held by different churches in the area. Exchange students from Devon’s Globe English Centre visit our care for two-week placements. Several residents relish the opportunity to learn about different countries and try their hand at a foreign language.

Meanwhile, for the residents who are more mobile, our team takes them for shopping trips into St Thomas on the outskirts of Exeter.

Our nursing and dementia suites of the home have recently undergone a transformation. There have been new windows and doors, decorating, new bathrooms and soft furnishings.

In our dementia suite, there is now special lighting which brightens and dims according to the natural light and our residents’ movements. This is very calming and promotes much better sleep at night. Greenslades has its own Namaste room with special features including the soothing sounds of water, music, fibre optic lights and peaceful images which are projected onto the walls. Residents can enjoy massages in this room or simply sit and relax.

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Stories from the home

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COVID-19 Emergency Support Framework

Review our latest CQC engagement and support call framework information sheet (PDF 337KB) for Greenslades.

Greenslades chef Ruaan Prins

Award winning chef

Chef Manager Ruaan reached the final of Sanctuary Care’s annual cookery competition and showcased his culinary talents.

Lounge and activity area at Greenslades

Beautiful lounges and activity room

We pride ourselves on our inspiring activities, they take place in our lounges and activity room and fill the home with laughter.

Conservatory at Greensales care home

Bright and airy conservatory

Our large and airy conservatory is a bright and quiet spot of the home and is the perfect place to catch up with loved ones.

Greenslades lovely gardens

Admiring the flowers and fresh air

The grounds of our home are scattered with quiet seating areas for our residents to enjoy the fresh air in the warmer months.

Sanctuary Care cruise map

Summer fun

Our residents deserve a summer holiday so we transform our home into a virtual cruise ship throughout July and August to explore new flavours and cultures.

Facilities at this home


  • Conservatory
  • Dining room
  • Ensuite
  • Hairdressing salon
  • Lounges
  • Namaste room
  • Wheelchair accessible garden
  • Wifi


  • Community events
  • Gardening
  • Light exercise
  • Live entertainment
  • Movies
  • Nail care
  • Pamper sessions
  • Rickshaw rides

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 (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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