Day Respite

What is day respite?

Day respite is a planned or unplanned break, for both the carer and the person they

care for. It can provide both long-term and temporary emergency relief for a primary

caregiver, enabling them to take a much-needed break from the pressures of caring. 

Respite care can take place in your own home, at a day centre, or at residential or nursing facilities that offer overnight stays. Whether it’s for just a few hours a week or an extended vacation, seeking respite care can help ease the burden of family caregiving. It can also

provide a welcome change of routine for the person you’re caring for.

Who uses day respite and why?

Being a carer can be rewarding, but it can also be demanding. Carers often put the needs

and interests of their loved ones ahead of their own. Over time this can lead to stress and

carer burnout. That’s why taking a break is so important for carers.

Day respite at one of our centres provides opportunities for older people and people with

a life-limiting illness to socialise, take part in activities and outings and to be pampered.

This is something they often miss out on, especially when dealing with a life-limiting illness and ongoing medical intervention.

At Fernlea, our clients (who we call guests) are cared for by qualified staff and trained, caring volunteers, as if they were a guest in our own home. Much more than just a place to pass the time of day, our services are tailored to the needs of the individual, to help improve their quality of life, and for them to take time out to focus on themselves rather than any illness or limitations they may have.


Starting your care

Fernlea provides centre-based day respite for adults – under 65 and over 65,

especially those who have a life-limiting illness, chronic condition or dementia.


You can call us on: 


03 5968 3895 to book into day respite.

We keep our fees low, and the fees you are charged will depend on:

  • Whether you are under 65 or over 65; and

  • Whether you receive a Home Care Package (aged care funding) or an NDIS Package (disability funding)

We encourage people who are thinking of joining our day respite program to come

along to morning tea, to meet our staff, volunteers and other guests, and to familiarise themselves with the centre. Carers and family members are also welcome.

Why Fernlea?


Fernlea Community Care has an established track record of caring for people with a life-limiting illness, chronic condition, dementia or disability within our local community. We‘ve been providing day respite services for more than 15 years, and over that time have supported hundreds of local families.

We only take a small number of guests each day so we can provide the most attentive care and build meaningful and supportive relationships with our guests and their carers.

Our centres

Our centres in Emerald and Pakenham provide a home-like environment where guests can enjoy:

  • Group and individually-tailored activities matched to their abilities and interests, including excursions

  • A home-cooked morning tea and lunch

  • Time for social interaction and relaxation

  • Complementary therapies including Reiki and massage

  • Personalised, focused care

We offer day respite from 10am to 3pm in:

  • Emerald on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays

  • Pakenham on Tuesdays and Thursdays.


Contact us to book into day respite.  


Call : 03 5968 3895 


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