Our Services

You wouldn’t trust the care of your loved one to just anyone. We know how important it is for both the carer and the guest to feel safe, secure and well cared for. Our guests are fully supported by qualified nursing staff and trained volunteers at Anam Cara House Colac.

Please come and visit us. Our Nurse Manager Karen Eccles is happy to explain our services and give you a guided tour of Anam Cara House. Please give us a call on 03 5233 8203 or fill out our form on the contact page.


You do not need an official referral to visit Anam Cara House. Guests, family members or carers may contact us directly to arrange an assessment by one of our qualified Div 1 Nurses.


As a community funded organisation, Anam Cara House relies on voluntary contributions to provide our services.

We are a registered provider with the National Disability Insurance Agency so you may have an allowance for respite in your package.
GMHBA will rebate Anam Cara House for any of their members who stay with us.

As a carer, you may be able to apply for Carer Respite Funding.

There is a small charge of $50 per night per room for Family & Carer Accommodation.


Guests attending the day hospice, overnight respite or end of life care are provided with all meals.
Families and carers who are using the accommodation have access to a light breakfast, fruit and snacks, and are welcome to use our barbeque and kitchen to cook their own meals.

In-home Palliative Respite Service

As part of our services, Anam Cara House Colac provides a palliative in-home respite service and community liaison nurse. Our nurses and patient care attendants offer support to people who have a chronic life-limiting illness and are in the last 3 months of life. The aim of the respite service is to: Support people to have a choice in […]

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Advanced Care Planning

We offer a service to assist people to complete an Advanced Care Directive. “Advance care planning is about your future health and personal care. It gives you the opportunity to plan for what you would want if you were unable to say it yourself. Advance care planning helps to ensure that a person’s preferences, beliefs, […]

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Respite Care

Respite care allows family members and carers to take a break from their constant care role, or provides short term care for those without a carer at home. Caring for a loved one who is suffering a long term or life-limiting illness takes dedication, hard work and commitment. It can be very isolating and carers […]

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Short Term Transitional Care

People requiring additional care between hospital and home may also find sanctuary to rest and recover  at Anam Cara House.   Our staff members  will assist you to regain confidence to return to your own home. Your allied health professional is welcome to visit you here at Anam Cara House while you are our guest –  […]

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Short Term Transitional

Palliative Care

Anam Cara House underpins home care. We welcome guests at any stage of their diagnosis providing regular respite  which enables families to stay together at home for as long as possible. Specialised care is offered to our guests by palliative care nurses and trained volunteers in an environment losely replicating home care. Our fully trained […]

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End of Life Care

Care in a home-like environment As your loved one approaches the end of their life, being a carer can be challenging and the emotional and physical stress can increase. Our end of life care provides you with additional support, caring for your loved one, and helping you make the necessary preparations. Here at Anam Cara, […]

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Family & Carer Accommodation

Family members and carers often require a short break (do some shopping, get out of the house, visit a friend etc.) but would prefer to return at night time to be close to their loved one, especially if they are at the end of life. To accommodate family members and carers, we have three double […]

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Counselling and Bereavement Care

Grief is our natural response to loss. It is normal and can often affect every part of our life. If you’ve been caring for a family member with a terminal illness, you will have been preparing yourself for the day their pain ends. But it doesn’t make it any easier for you. You may experience […]

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