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Sarah (not real name) was diagnosed with cancer when she was only 43 years old. Until then, she had enjoyed her family, socialising and a professional career. Following her diagnosis, Sarah’s marriage broke down and so her parents again needed to become her carers. Sarah gradually became more isolated as sickness and financial hardship made it increasingly difficult to leave the house.

Sarah’s illness has taken its toll on her family who are not only having to deal with her diagnosis but are also struggling with their own health issues.

When she first came to Fernlea House, Sarah was quiet, shy and had a poor prognosis. At the house, she has been pampered and looked after as an individual not defined by her illness. The social interaction has helped her to create some friendships and she no longer feels lonely. Her parents are also grateful for the support Fernlea has given them, especially in giving them a break.

Just imagine how your world would change if someone you love were diagnosed with a serious illness like Sarah. Who would you turn to for support? Sadly, many families in our community are facing just that dilemma, and that’s where Fernlea can help.
Fernlea House receives no funding to care for people under 65, or to support their carer’s. We rely heavily on fundraising and the generosity of our donors.

During this ‘season of goodwill’, your donation will help Fernlea to continue transforming the lives of people in your local area who have a life-limiting illness.

You can donate now at http://www.givenow.com.au/fernleahousechristmasappeal - donations of $2 and over are tax deductible

Sue McIvor, Chief Executive Officer, Fernlea House Inc

Fernlea House Inc. is an independent, community–based organisation

We provide Day Respite for people with life limiting illnesses, chronic conditions and/or dementia, who need special support for themselves and their families.
We operate 5 sessions per week in two locations - Emerald and Berwick, to cover the South Eastern parts of Melbourne.

Staff and trained volunteers support the delivery of our program as well as providing transport, complimentary therapies, memoir writing and in home supports.


FERNLEA HOUSE Annual General Meeting

‘Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much’

2pm, Monday November 20
Wombat Corner Camp, 62 Emerald Lake Rd, Emerald

Everyone welcome

Guest speakers: Cardinia Council, Ageing & Wellbeing in our local community

RSVP 5968 6639

Fernlea Life Care

Life Care

Fernlea Life Care understands how important it is for you to be able to care for your loved ones at home.

If they have a Life Limiting Illness, chronic condition or Dementia, our qualified caring staff will ensure their comfort and dignity whilst providing an extensive range of home support, respite and personal care services in your own home. You can decide exactly what you would like and how much, we are there to make it work for you.

Services are available in Southern and Eastern suburbs. Very reasonable fees apply for services.

Please contact one of our friendly staff on 03) 5968 6639

Download Fernlea Life Care brochure

Download Fernlea Life Care expression of interest for support workers and personal care assistants

to 15 Kilvington Drive, Emerald VIC  3782

The Fernlea Op Shop is supporting Fernlea House Respite Services to maintain its programs and keep fees down.

Volunteers spend a few hours a week having a great time working in the shop, sorting, cleaning, organising stock and displays and in ‘behind the scenes’ roles.

Volunteering is like food for the soul so come and get some at the Fernlea Shop.
If you would like to discuss volunteering at our shop please contact our friendly staff or click here