Residential Services

Residential Services

Alternatives offers a variety of residential options for adults with developmental disabilities across Central Massachusetts. Our mission is to provide a home that is safe, nurturing, and addresses each individual’s personal needs and preferences.

Everyone who receives residential supports from Alternatives is encouraged to play an active role in community life. From opportunities for volunteering, to taking classes, becoming a member at a health club or art museum, the possibilities are endless!

Regardless of which type of residential option is selected, our dedicated staff works hard to make sure they provide the necessary supports and skills for the individual to build a successful and satisfying life in the community.

To accommodate each individual’s personal needs and preferences, we offer a variety of residential options:

Community Residences

Each of Alternatives’ community residences is home to four or five people. In these small, intimate groups, individuals have the chance to develop and apply the practical skills of daily living in real-life situations. We provide specialized services for people who are older, who have medical needs, or who would benefit from more intensive supervision. Many of our homes are barrier-free
Jason’s Story

Shared Living

Our Shared Living program allows individuals to become part of a host family, with all of the benefits and responsibilities that sharing a life and a household entail. The host family helps the individual connect with the wider community and provides the necessary personal assistance and training. Alternatives’ visiting nurses and service coordinators stand ready to provide expert assistance when necessary.

For more information about Shared Living, visit To find out more about Alternatives’ Shared Living services or to become a Shared Living Provider, email [email protected].
Gail’s Story

Supported Living

Our Supported Living program offers the training and support individuals need to live in their own apartments. Whether living on their own, or in a shared apartment with a friend, participants are supported and visited by a team of service coordinators. Visiting schedules are individually tailored to help participants develop the skills, connections, and friendships that enable them to thrive in the community.
Donald’s Story