What We Do

What We Do at Hillside House

Hillside House is a residential facility for 59 people with developmental disabilities, including intellectual disabilities, cerebral palsy, autism and epilepsy.


The individuals who live and learn at Hillside House are exceptional people. They live with extraordinary challenges while they offer extraordinary gifts to anyone who meets them. They teach us about love, generosity, patience and perseverance. They possess a strong desire to live life to the fullest and a remarkable ability to appreciate the many little blessings each day.

What We Do

Hillside House offers residential services for people with a variety of developmental disabilities, with levels ranging from moderate to severe. The majority of our residents are non-ambulatory with additional medical challenges. We accept adults of all ages. Currently our population ranges in age from early 20’s to 70’s.


Our Client Services Department works as a trained and committed interdisciplinary team. This team is made up of the following individuals: case manager; physical, occupational, speech and recreational therapists; nurse and doctor; dietitian; regional center service coordinator; and the client’s family.

Each resident is assessed to determine their personal strengths and needs. Our team works to develop their individualized program plan that often includes goals related to medical, social, sensory-motor, behavior and recreation needs. Our program is based on a continuous active treatment model, in which every aspect of a resident’s daily life is viewed as an opportunity to learn. We work with each person to develop their highest level of independent functioning—while having fun!

Each resident participates in individualized physical exercise designed by our physical therapist. Trained Physical Activity Assistants work with our residents on improving/maintaining range of motion, ambulation, and strength in our specially designed physical therapy room. Our P.E. room contains a variety of adaptive equipment including parallel bars, standers, walkers and even a three-wheeled bike for outdoor rides.


Hillside House offers many activities on our campus and in the community. We provide 24-hour nursing care and a range of therapeutic programs in a family-like environment.

Our programs include:
  • physical therapy
  • independent living skills training
  • occupational therapy
  • speech therapy
  • sensory motor training
  • recreational therapy

Our busy activity room includes a computer lab, a large library of books on tape, a big screen TV and other adaptive equipment. Daily entertainment consists of listening to current events, creating art, exercising to wheelchair aerobic tapes, singing karaoke and cooking with our adaptive kitchen equipment. Our Self-Advocacy and Resident Council groups meet here on a monthly basis.

Outside we have wheelchair-accessible paths around the grounds for residents’ use. Our residents are able to play shuffleboard, basketball, ride the adaptive bicycle, garden in the raised beds, or just relax in our beautiful back yard.

Residents attend schools and day programs, community integration programs, and engage in supported employment and community access programs. Transportation is easily accessible to residents through the Santa Barbara MTD bus (#5) as well as scheduled rides with Easy Lift, a private transportation company. Our residents attend religious services, enjoy musical performances, movies and the many activities our community has to offer.

Every activity offered at Hillside House is designed to develop the skills and confidence that will help our residents work toward their highest level of independence, reach their goals and pursue their interests.

Our mission is to provide a home that supports our residents’ efforts to maximize their physical, cognitive, social and emotional abilities so that they can attain their highest level of independence in an environment where people are treated with dignity and respect.

We were incorporated as a California Non-profit Corporation in 1945. We are licensed by the State of California Department of Public Health as an Intermediate Care Facility for the Developmentally Disabled (ICF-DD).
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