Life at Mount Olivet

Moving into a residential nursing home, even for a short period of recuperation, is a big step for anyone and you and your loved one are bound to have lots of questions about what their new life there will be like.


So we’ve detailed below a few of the most common questions we get asked to help you get a full picture of what they can look forward to.


Where will my home be?

If you like the ambience of stylish traditional buildings combined with living near the sea, Mount Olivet is the home for you.


Originally constructed during the elegant Edwardian era, Mount Olivet’s outstanding feature is it’s wonderful panoramic views of the sea. There’s nothing better than sitting out on the upper decking and just soaking up the mild climate, sea air and stunning views of Torbay. It’s great for mind, body and soul!


Even if the weather means you can’t sit outside you’ll still be able to enjoy the views from the light and airy conservatory, which is a great place to sit and read, chat with friends or lose yourself in quiet contemplation.


Inside the home has been completely modernised and tastefully decorated whilst still retaining it’s original character. There are two main communal areas. The main lounge, where you can join in the many activities we have or simply relax and catch up on a bit of TV, and the conservatory.


Many of the bedrooms and the dining area also look out across the bay so you’re never far from and a truly inspirational view.

Is there a garden?

The home has a lovely garden area that is maintained weekly and produces a beautiful array of colours. The garden is easily accessible to all including wheelchair users and features seating areas with large tables with parasols so your loved one will be able to enjoy the lovely fresh air and mild climate that Paignton is blessed with. There’s nothing better than relaxing in the sunshine with a nice cup of tea and a cake and chatting with friends or watching the many birds that visit.


The garden is quite private and in the summer we set up a gazebo to provide shelter from the sun (and occasional rain shower!). We regularly hold tea parties, garden parties and other events which your loved one can enjoy. You’re more than welcome to come along and enjoy it with them too if you’d like.

What will my room be like?

At Mount Olivet rooms are available in a variety of styles, shapes and sizes so you’ll be able to choose something that is exactly in line with your tastes and budget. All rooms are spacious with a light and airy feel and many have sweeping views across the bay or sliding patio windows leading directly onto the garden. Whichever they choose, your loved one’s room will be tastefully decorated and well equipped with everything they need for daily life.


This is their home so we’d love them to bring their own ornaments, treasured mementos and small furniture items to make their room feel comfortably and familiar. We’ll even decorate it in line with their personal taste to truly make it feel like home if they’d like.

How will I spend my day?

There’s never a dull moment at Mount Olivet!


If your loved one likes getting involved there are many activities, visiting entertainers, games, parties and trips for them to enjoy. If they like a little pampering and treats (and who doesn’t!) we also have regular visits from the professional hair stylist and all manner of masseurs, aroma therapists and beauticians can be arranged on request for that extra special something.


For those who prefer to exercise the mind we have lots of reading material and there are lots of areas where you can settle down to read a good book or your daily paper.


For the more adventurous we have internet access. We recently introduced tablet computers which have proved a big hit with many residents discovering new skills and a whole new world of possibilities online. They even use the tablets to do Skype video calls with families when they can’t get in to visit personally. So it’ll always be easy for you to keep in touch whenever you want too.

Will I enjoy the food?

Definitely, if you like tasty, home cooked cuisine.


Head chef Russell and his team prepare a variety of delicious and nutritious meals that will have your loved one eagerly anticipating every meal time. Ingredients are sourced locally, freshly prepared daily and served in our spacious airy dining room. This is the hub of the home and everyone looks forward to both the food and the chance to have a natter and a catch up with friends and staff members.


If your loved one has special dietary requirements we’ll make sure they’re accommodated and there are always alternatives if ever they don’t like something that’s on the day’s menu. Similarly, although Russell takes great care to ensure everything is fresh, your loved one can have whatever they want (so don’t worry about that special hankering for Angel Delight or Heinz Cream of Tomato, it’s no problem!).


You can also rest assured that all the food is prepared in the safest, most hygienic environment since Mount Olivet continues to maintain its long held 5 Star food hygiene rating.

Who will be looking after me?

What we believe to be the best team in the business.


Unlike many care homes in the area our staff turnover is very low. Our team is strong and stable with the majority of staff members being at Mount Olivet for many years. We believe this has been a significant contributing factor in Mount Olivet and it’s sister home, Kingsmount, being awarded one of the Top 20 Best Small Care Home Groups in the UK in 2017. Since there are over 21,000 care homes in the UK that’s not bad!


What it means for you and your loved one is that they will be looked after by a highly skilled, highly trained, expert team who have vast experience of caring for the needs of those in their later years. More importantly perhaps is that they’ll become trusted friends and companions that your loved one will be comfortable with when dealing with the more sensitive aspects of personal care.


Families are frequently amazed by the positive transformation in their loved one when they come to Mount Olivet, both physically and mentally. Several residents have come from other places with persistent beds sores that our staff have been able to heal and that have not re-occurred.


In fact the most common comment we get when someone has moved in and experienced at first hand the great life they now enjoy here is ‘I wish I’d done it much sooner!’ But don’t just take our word for it. We have an open door policy and you’re more than welcome to chat with existing residents and their families for a first hand account of the exceptionally high quality care your loved one will experience at Mount Olivet.

What should I do next?

We hope that after viewing our website you’ll feel that Mount Olivet looks like the sort of home your loved one would like to live in. However there’s no substitute for actually experiencing the atmosphere in the home and talking directly to the staff and residents yourself.


So we’d like to invite you on a personal guided tour to really get to know the home. We’ll take you for a good look around and afterwards you can talk to whomever you please and wander round yourself as much as you like.


We want you to be absolutely sure this is the right home for you, so you’re also more than welcome to join us for a day to meet everyone, get involved and see what life is like first hand. Or you can simply join us for lunch and one of the many entertainment sessions if a whole day is not convenient.


To arrange your personal guided tour please call us on 01803 522148 or click here to email us. Or feel free to call in anytime for a look around. The kettle’s always on and we’d love to meet you.

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