Willow Fern Cottage is designed to give you a longer break from caring. With warm rooms, comfortable beds and delicious food, this site provides a home away from home for the person you care for.
We want to give the best care possible. To that end, all of our specialist staff are trained to give attentive, individualised care. They aim to make respite an enjoyable experience for the people they care for. And because you know the person you care for is in good hands, they make it a positive experience for you too.
We’re a not-for profit organisation, and all of our services are government-subsidised. However, in order for us to provide the best possible care, we do ask you for a contribution.
This amount is worked out case-by-case, and we never refuse service on financial grounds.
There is no cancellation fee, but we appreciate as much notice as possible so that we can assist others.
Our staff are all trained to respond to emergencies. In most cases we call an ambulance to ensure the person in our care receives the best medical treatment.
If you have any preferences as to how you would like emergency situations handled, don’t hesitate to let us know.
Carers are usually family members or friends who provide support to a person who cannot care for themselves. Carers may be partners, brothers, sisters, friends or children of any age. They may give care for a few hours a week or all day every day, depending on the level of support needed. Many carers don’t consider themselves to be carers; they see just themselves as family members. So they may not ask for help, and can sometimes miss out on the wide range of services available to help them meet their responsibilities.
So we can provide appropriate care, we will need you to pack a few items. For daytime care it’s important to bring the following:
- Any medication packed in Webster or Sachet pack
- Supplied by a Pharmacist aids such as a walking stick or frame continence aids appropriate clothing
- Footwear to wear outside
If the person you’re looking after is staying overnight, as well as the items above, you’ll need to bring:
- Toiletries (all the items used daily)
We also ask that you label all clothes to ensure they do not get mixed up.
We welcome visitors at both our cottages. But it’s important to keep in mind that these places are for other clients as well, and excessive numbers can cause our clients distress.
Our respite care cottages can be visited at any time during our opening hours.
Willow Fern Cottage
Wednesday 8.00am – Friday 5.00pm
Overnight Stay – Wednesday and Thursday only
To access our respite services, simply contact us.
Our respite services are for people who care for someone with dementia.
The majority of places are for people aged over the age of 65 or over the age of 50 for people from Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander backgrounds. Support is also available for carers of people with dementia under the age of 65 based on assessed need.
Carers, health professionals or community service providers can also make referrals by contacting our respite service.
Respite is ‘taking time away or a break from regular roles or activities that may be challenging’ . In practice, it means finding someone to take over your care role for a short time, so you can have some time to yourself.
Our respite services are flexible and responsive to both the needs of the carer and care recipient. We provide respite programs and activities that are safe, engaging, stimulating and focused on individual interests.
We provide personalised respite care to people living with all types of dementia. We specialise in caring for people who may have difficulty accessing other support due to challenging behaviours.
We offer in-home, centre-based, and overnight care, so you can find a respite option that works for you .