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COVID-19 Response

Update June 10, 2020.

As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, Nora’s Home is using all reasonable efforts to protect the health and safety of the transplant patients, their caregivers and the Nora’s Home Staff.  As we navigate our way through this crisis, we continue to implement new safeguards aimed at limiting the risk of exposure to patients, caregivers and staff.

Nora’s Home will be initiating a phased reopening approach effective June 1, 2020 to resume accepting new reservations from post-hospitalization transplant patients and one (1) caregiver.

Both patient and caregiver must provide a documented negative result of an FDA Emergency Use Authorized COVID-19 molecular assay for detection of SARS-CoV-2 RNA.  This test must be performed during the 72 hours preceding check-in. Patients and caregivers who receive a negative test result more than 72 hours prior to check-in must be retested within the 72 hour window before checking into Nora’s Home.

If you or your caregiver is having trouble accessing testing, please contact us.  In coordination with your hospital social worker, Nora’s Home will endeavor to assist you in acquiring the testing you need in order to stay with us.

This opening is in response to the resurgence of need for services as Texas Medical Center transplant hospitals have returned to normal operations.

As part of this phased reopening and with dedication to limiting the spread of COVID-19, facility guidelines have been established in compliance with state and local health recommendations.

Some COVID-19 preventative measures include:

  • Capacity limited to 50%
  • Coronavirus screenings for all staff and guests
  • Extensive cleaning and disinfecting of the facility
  • Requirement of masks and social distancing while in common areas
  • New renovations including a protective barrier at the front desk and hand sanitizing stations

Please note that that this is not a comprehensive list of protocols.  Additional house rules designed to ensure the safety of all Nora’s Home guests and staff will be provided to you at time of check-in.

We thank all of our guests for their cooperation.

Nora’s Home offers lodging to organ failure and transplant families regardless of the patient’s age. Admission is based on availability.

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Each of our 32 rooms include the following:

  • Two queen beds
  • Private bath with walk-in shower
  • Sheets, coverlets, blankets and pillows
  • Bath towels, wash cloths and hand towels
  • Night stand
  • Recliner
  • Television

Guests also have access to the following communal amenities:

  • Fully equipped kitchen
  • Pantry staples
  • Designated shelf space in the refrigerator, freezer, and pantry
  • Computer access
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Access to washer/dryer
  • Complimentary laundry supplies
  • Meditation room
  • Serenity garden

Other Amenities upon request:

  • Scale
  • Refrigeration for medical supplies
  • Blood pressure monitor
  • Hair dryer
  • Iron and ironing board

Transportation

Shuttle service is available Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. The shuttle runs between Nora’s Home and Scurlock Tower (6560 Fannin St, Houston, TX 77030). Walking is required to reach the other transplant centers from the shuttle point.

Cost

We are able to offer an affordable rate in the Texas Medical Center thanks to our generous supporters.  For guests needing financial assistance, please note that on your referral form. Guests are expected to pay upon check-in.

Social Support

We know that organ transplantation can be a long and difficult journey. At Nora’s Home, you’ll have an instant support network.  You can expect to meet some incredible families; some would like to share their story with you; some listen to you; others would like privacy and we value that as well. Many of our guests stay in touch after their stay.

Food

We are fortunate to have wonderful individuals, companies, churches, and civic groups volunteer to provide meals for our guests periodically. Guests are welcome to bring personal food items that can be housed in our shared kitchen.

What We Expect

It is important to us that guests staying at Nora’s Home feel safe and comfortable in a communal environment. We are unable to house guests who are disruptive or display irresponsible behavior that may be perceived as a threat to other guests. We ask guests to clean up behind themselves in common areas and in their room during their stay. Cleaning staff is available during check-out. Detailed house guidelines are provided upon arrival.