FERNLEA DAY RESPITE
A home away from home
With centres in Emerald and Pakenham, we’re a local, not-for-profit organisation who provides care for your loved one when you need a break.
We provide regular or one-off care for older people and people with life-limiting illnesses. We pamper our guests and provide a comfortable place to socialise, take part in activities and be treated like family.
It's a place where our guests can take time out to focus on themselves rather than any illness or limitations they may have.
And why do we call our clients 'guests'? Because we treat them like a guest in our own home.
What is a day at Fernlea like?
Each day is different and we let each guest choose their level of involvement. We have a number of carers on-site to assist guests, chat with them and make them feel comfortable.
Each day we provide:
Group and individually-tailored activities matched to their abilities and interests
A home-cooked morning tea and lunch
Time for social interaction and relaxation
Complementary therapies including Reiki and massage
Personalised, focused care.
We pride ourselves on providing tailored, personal care
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.
We're small and local
So we're smaller than the big guys, but this means we can offer a more personalised service. Our business and carers are local so we understand and are invested in the same community as you.
We focus on you, not big profits
Our guests are at the centre of everything we do, and that includes keeping our fees low. Any profits we make support our not-for-profit community work.
We understand things can change. That’s why we have no lock-in contracts or exit fees.
149 Emerald-Monbulk Rd
Emerald VIC 3782
Open Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays from 10am to 3pm
1 Main St
Pakenham VIC 3810
Open Tuesdays and Fridays from 10am to 3pm
Getting started is easy
Get in touch and we can answer any questions you might have
Book in to have your loved one spend the day with us
Drop your loved one off and we'll pamper them for the day
Still deciding? 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.
See for yourself
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 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