20 Railway Terrace

Mount Barker SA 5251


Telephone: 08 8391 5047

  • Respite Care
Open Times

Tuesday to Friday, 8am-5pm

Overnight stay available Wednesday and Thursday night.


If you’re a carer needing a break, we have multiple Community Respite options including short-term care, to give you a peace of mind and a period of rest to focus on your own health and wellbeing.

Willow Fern Cottage provide day and overnight respite care, while our Buddy Program supports clients with respite care in their own home and local community.

Staff are experienced, understanding carers. You will have peace of mind knowing the person you care for will be well looked after. That way, you can enjoy your time off.

Our compassionate and capable team offer quality care that caters for the client’s individual needs, including those living with dementia. We offer a range of activities designed to suit the interests of each individual in care. Staff understand the importance of preventing feelings of boredom, helplessness and frustration.

Morning tea and lunch are provided and we cater for special dietary requirements.


Our award-winning service employs a health-focused model that engages our clients physically, mentally and socially. Our experienced staff work with clients to achieve goals, build social connections, re-engage with the community and rebuild skills.

We have a philosophy of ‘doing with, rather than doing for’ and participate with clients in a range of meaningful activities that offer a sense of purpose and fun.

The following activities are offered at Willow Fern and are designed to suit the interests of each individual in our care. Activities include:

  • Preparing and enjoying meals together
  • Painting, pottery and handicrafts
  • Writing and performing poetry and music
  • Sensory and productive gardening
  • Quizzes, games and brain training
  • Regular excursions to the beach, zoo, cinema, dance groups and more

So we can provide appropriate care, we will need you to pack a few items.

  • Any medication
  • Aids such as a walking stick or frame
  • Continence pads
  • Appropriate clothing and footwear to wear outside
  • Nightclothes
  • Toiletries (all the items used daily)


20 Railway Terrace

Mount Barker SA 5251

Frequently Asked Questions

Who provides the care?

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.

What is a Carer?

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.

Do I need to pack anything?

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-pak® 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:
- Nightclothes
- Toiletries (all the items used daily)

We also ask that you label all clothes to ensure they do not get mixed up.