Our Story


Anam Cara House is a tranquil rural retreat set in spacious grounds, offering a choice in care for people of all ages who are living with a long term or life-limiting illness.

In true meaning to its Gaelic name, ‘Soul Friend’, Anam Cara House provides physical, spiritual, emotional and social care for guests and their families. In a home-like environment, guests are offered specialised care that is focussed on the ‘care of the soul’, incorporating the needs of both the patient and their families. The notion of ‘soul care’ is the essence of what created Anam Cara House and is at the heart of their hospice care.

Anam Cara House underpins home care by providing respite for loved ones to give their carers a break, or short term care for those without a carer at home.

Anam Cara House supports guests, carers and families at a challenging time in their lives.

“The love and the care they bestow on my Mum and the other guests is absolutely outstanding, a home away from home, not other place available that offers such amazing
care and that maintains the dignity, the individual care and support for the families.
I have nothing but adoration for this excellent facility and staff”.

– Kerry, Carer

Anam Cara House Colac has been established as the result of one ofthe largest community fundraising and donor initiatives in South West Victoria’s history.
Attesting to the recognised need for just such a “home-like” respite care facility.

“Unconditional care in the heart of the South Western District of Victoria”

Our Mission

Our Mission is to provide the South West community with excellence in respite_and end of life care_within a home-like environment; embracing respect and compassion for all people.

Our Values

Respect  Dignity  Trust  Compassion  Community