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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.

Why choose


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're flexible

We understand things can change. That’s why we have no lock-in contracts or exit fees.

Our centres



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.

Fernlea’s friendships

Hear Jani and Christine talk about

enjoying spending time together

at Fernlea.


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