Local care by local people.
In your home or at one of our centres.

We provide community-led day respite and qualified

in-home care.

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.


Other services​


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.

Fernlea’s friendships

Hear Jani and Christine talk about

enjoying spending time together

at Fernlea.


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.


Buy great products and support a great cause too

You can find a bargain and support Fernlea’s services at the same time by shopping at Fernlea’s Shop of Opportunities’ in Emerald or online.



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