Who Lives at Hillside House?

Hillside House cares for 59 residents with a wide variety of developmental disabilities, including intellectual disabilities, cerebral palsy, autism and epilepsy. We accept residents in all stages of their lives. Currently our population ranges in age from early 20’s to early 80’s, but we have also provided care for children.

Does Hillside House Accept Residents Who Are Non-Ambulatory?


Yes. 54 of our current residents use wheelchairs daily. Our facility is completely wheelchair accessible.

Is Hillside House a Nursing Home?

While we do offer licensed nursing staff 24/7, we only serve people who have developmental disabilities. We primarily provide service for people with disabilities such as intellectual disabilities, cerebral palsy, autism, and epilepsy.

Is Hillside House a Licensed Facility?

Yes. We are licensed by the State of California Department of Public Health as an Intermediate Care Facility for the Developmentally Disabled (ICF-DD). By definition, a developmental disability is one of a range of disabilities— including intellectual disabilities, epilepsy, cerebral palsy and autism— that occurs and is diagnosed before the age of 18 years.

What Types of Activities Do People Living at Hillside House Participate In?

A wide variety of activities is offered. At Hillside House, residents are encouraged to participate in physical therapy. We also offer cooking and art classes, movie-night, gardening, and various individual and group learning experiences.

Residents enjoy getting out in the community as well. Shopping downtown, eating out, and watching the latest movies are always popular activities. Residents enjoy going to the beach, art museum, library and scenic parks. Hillside House residents can frequently be seen at the many parades and ethnic festivals that take place in Santa Barbara.

We love celebrations! No occasion is too frivolous for a party!

What Happens During the Day?

Younger residents attend local public schools. Adults attend a variety of quality day programs, including community-based programs, work programs, and activity centers.

Is Hillside House a Non-Profit Organization?

Yes! We were incorporated as a California Non-profit Corporation in 1945. In 2012, 14% of our operating costs will need to come through the tax-deductible gifts of our families and friends, as well as from foundations, associations and businesses in the Santa Barbara area.

If Someone I Know Is Interested in Living at Hillside House, What Should I Do?


If you or someone you know is interested in living at Hillside House, please contact our Director of Operations, Gail Metzger: (805) 687-0788 ext. 117 or [email protected]

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