Local care by local people.
In your home or at one of our centres.
We provide community-led day respite and qualified
Care in your home
Warm, professional care in your home, tailored to you and your specific needs.
Care at our centres
Spend a day at one of our centres in Emerald or Pakenham with others from the local community, being looked after by our caring, friendly staff.
Services to support carers, a local carer support group, an end-of-life home visiting program and memoirs program and more.
Based in the Yarra Ranges, Casey, Cardinia and Knox, we’re a local, not-for-profit organisation providing personalised care for those in our community.
What makes Fernlea different?
We focus on you as a person and we don’t allow your illness to define you.
We are proud to be small and local
We have strong connections and commitment to the local communities we serve.
Our services are professional and also holistic
You’re more than your illness and so we treat you that way. Our services also complement clinical palliative and dementia care.
We support carers too
We work in partnership with and support carers because we recognise the pressures they face.
What our clients say...
“I attend Fernlea because I enjoy the company of being with these lovely people, always smiling and happy.”
— Sylvia, Guest
Hear from a carer
Libby talks about what makes Fernlea such
a loving and warm environment for her husband's care.
Hear from a guest
Paula speaks about how she looks forward
to coming to Fernlea because of the warm welcome and care she receives.
Hear Jani and Christine talk about
enjoying spending time together
Helping to open up a conversation about dying and death
In the End: A practical guide to dying is a book for everyone. It is not just for those at the end of their life; it is for families, carers, friends, health professionals, counsellors and those who just want to be well prepared. It can help to open up a conversation on an often taboo subject, but an experience we'll all eventually share.
Not confronting or challenging, the book provides information and practical resources to help better understand dying and to plan a unique and positive end of life.