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New TBI Group Home Opens in Durham

Moretz Manor

Moretz Manor ribbon cutting

Top: Moretz Manor; bottom: Alliance Health Network Program Manager Kate Peterson (right) helped cut the ribbon for the opening of Moretz Manor, a new group home for adults with traumatic brain injury.

Moretz Manor, a new group home in Durham serving adults with traumatic brain injury (TBI), celebrated its grand opening in October.

Alliance Health funded Moretz Manor’s start up and is working closely with Lutheran Services Carolinas on the facility’s development. The home will offer a specialized residential program to people receiving services through the North Carolina TBI Waiver. The program will also be open to adult Innovations Waiver members who sustained a TBI. Lutheran will also be accepting workers compensation and other forms of payment.

The home, located in a quiet Durham neighborhood, has six single-occupancy bedrooms and two full bathrooms, one of which is wheelchair accessible. The home also features a large living room, dining room and kitchen, an outdoor patio, and internet, cable and all amenities.

“Moretz Manor is a welcome addition to the spectrum of community-based care available to adult participants in the TBI Waiver and Innovations Waiver program,” said Cristina Phillips, Alliance Provider TBI/IDD Long Term Supports Supervisor. “The home provides an alternative to a skilled nursing facility or institutional setting.”

The home provides 24-hour supervision, with trained staff assisting residents with activities of daily living, educational and recreational opportunities and skill building. Staff include a program manager and a nurse, and participants will receive psychological and medical services, including speech therapy, occupational therapy, and physical therapy.

About North Carolina’s TBI Waiver program

The TBI Waiver provides an array of home and community-based services, through a three-year Medicaid waiver pilot, in Alliance’s four-county region. The waiver is designed to provide an alternative to nursing facility care or specialty rehabilitation hospital care for eligible individuals with a traumatic brain injury.

TBI Waiver services may be available to residents of Durham, Wake, Cumberland and Johnston counties who experienced a severe TBI which occurred on or after the age of 22, resulted in effects that are likely to continue for a very long time, resulted in significant challenges in completing daily activities, and caused the person to need more than one type of rehabilitative service and supports. Individuals must apply for and be eligible for Medicaid to receive TBI Waiver Services. Alliance staff can assist with the application process. To get started, call the Alliance Health Access and Information Center at 800-510-9132 and ask to speak to a TBI access specialist. Learn more at the Alliance Health TBI Waiver page.