Central to McGlynn’s philosophy is the nature of its accommodation. The McGlynn houses, situated throughout Otago and Southland, each accommodate up to six people and function like traditional flats. There are dishes to be done, groceries to be bought, decisions to be made and company to be enjoyed. Residents run the house and get on with their lives, with support workers keeping a low profile and assisting only when needed. In addition to the houses, there is also the McGlynn Centre in Dunedin, which focuses on respite and rehabilitation accommodation.

The McGlynn philosophy

McGlynn believes in providing support and care that enhances people’s quality of life. Everyone is a unique individual, with his or her own beliefs and outlook on life. We are all part of the wider community, with a right to respect, dignity, acceptance, privacy and a feeling of self worth. Each person should be supported to live life to the fullest they are able.

What can residents expect?

The McGlynn houses are all well-maintained, self-contained homes, within established neighbourhoods.

Each resident has their own room and shares a communal living area and kitchen facilities – just like a traditional flatting arrangement.

Support workers are selected based on their friendliness, experience and approach to life. They understand their role – to be support, when needed. There is also a registered nurse and service coordinator available, should residents require additional support.

Biculturalism at McGlynn


McGlynn is committed to the principles of the Treaty of Waitangi. Its policies and day-to-day operations respect both residents and their whanau.

Our houses include people from a wide range of cultures and backgrounds. We encourage residents, their families and whanau to discuss any specific needs or concerns they have, at any time.



Most people considering McGlynn will find they are entitled to government support, through the Ministry of Health, Southern District Health Board, Accident Compensation Corporation (ACC) or Work and Income New Zealand (WINZ).

Every individual’s circumstances are different and the first step is an assessment with Access Ability – also known as the Needs Assessment and Service Coordination (NASC) team – who make a formal recommendation around specific needs and funding options.

If you are new to the system, it can be difficult to know where to start. We are happy to point you in the right direction.

Contact Us


Visit the Access Ability Website

Visit the ACC Website

Visit the Ministry of Health Website

Visit the WINZ Website