Admission Criteria

Welcome Home!

Are you an organ failure patient or solid organ transplant patient traveling for treatment in the Texas Medical Center? Or are you the family member/caregiver of such patient? Do you need assistance with lodging during this anxious time?

Nora’s Home is here for you.

Our doors are open to all organ failure and solid organ transplant patients traveling to Houston, and our mission is animated by a spirit of community and inclusivity. We serve all who need us without regard to age, race, national origin, religion, gender, sexual orientation, disability, economic status, or political affiliation.

We are not a medical facility and have no skilled medical staff at the home. Because of this, we ask that patients be accompanied by a designated caregiver who can stay with them as a registered guest companion. There are case by case exceptions to this rule that will be determined after your first stay at the home.

There is no age minimum for patients staying at Nora’s Home, but we are obliged to request that registered guests/caregivers be at least 10 years of age.

We strive to accommodate all lodging requests. In the case that the dates you require are not available, we will place your name on our wait list and offer information about other lodging options in the area with whom we partner. We understand you are going through challenging health concerns and we want to help however we can.

To facilitate as many guest schedules as possible and alleviate waiting lists, our room reservation limit is 30 days with the opportunity to extend to a maximum of 90 days on a case by case basis. All guests requiring housing beyond the 90 day window will be referred to one of our partnering lodging options for a time period before being permitted to return to the home.

To provide a safe haven for our guests, we ask that all guests abide by the house rules provided at check-in. If guests are unable to abide house rules and threaten the comfort and safety of other guests, they will be immediately checked-out and considered trespassing if they remain on the campus and all future reservation rights will be revoked.

Resident Referral Form

Please note the following changes to our admissions criteria tailored to this COVID era, update Sept. 16, 2021:

Patients:

Transplant patients should follow their respective transplant center policy on vaccination.

If able to be vaccinated:

  • Provide documentation at check-in of being fully* vaccinated OR provide documentation of a negative PCR swab** (digital or paper format accepted)

If unable to be vaccinated:

  • Provide documentation at check-in of a negative PCR swab**

Caregivers:

  • Accompanying caregivers are required to be fully vaccinated* and to provide record of full vaccination at check-in (paper or digital format accepted)
  • If documentation is unavailable, then caregiver must provide documentation of a negative PCR swab**

All Guests:

  • Must wear a mask and social distance while in the common areas
  • Adhere to house rules provided at check-in to maintain the safety of all guests and staff within the home

*”Fully vaccinated” is defined as 14 days after the single dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine or the second and final dose of the Moderna or Pfizer vaccines with boosters occurring 6 months after the final round of the initial dose. If within two weeks of full vaccination, guests must provide a documented negative PCR test.

**All provided PCR test results must occur within 72 hours prior to check-in.

More information on our COVID response can be found here.