LSC adds new TBI home: Moretz Manor

Over the past 20 years, Lutheran Services Carolinas been serving those with traumatic brain injuries (TBI) and has established itself as a leader in the field. Homes like Lippard Lodge in Clemmons, N.C., and Whittecar Home in Raleigh have helped individuals with TBI get the services and support they need to live as independently and as fully as possible.

With the opening of Moretz Manor in October, LSC adds another residential option for individuals with TBI.

Moretz Manor is located in a peaceful Durham neighborhood and can accommodate six adults. This co-ed home has six bedrooms, two full bathrooms (one wheelchair-accessible) and offers 24-hour supervision for residents.

“We’ve been working on starting a new residential program for the last three years, so this is an exciting opportunity,” said Jeffrey DeMagistris, LSC’s North Carolina executive director.  LSC will be working with the Brain Injury Association of North Carolina and Alliance Health to develop new training programs for TBI services, DeMagistris said.

The home will have a program manager and a nurse, and participants will receive psychological and medical services, including speech therapy, occupational therapy, and physical therapy.

Residents will receive support for activities of daily living, as well as educational and recreational opportunities. Residents also work on building functional skills as well as social skills. They also work on independent living skills such as money management, shopping, and scheduling appointments.

Residences like Moretz Manor provide an attractive living option for adults who might otherwise live in their parents’ homes or in institutions, DeMagistris said. Moretz Manor allows residents to live with and learn from their peers and have a degree of independence they might not have otherwise.

The home was named in grateful recognition of a generous gift to LSC’s Be the Light campaign in North Carolina, LSC’s first statewide campaign in North Carolina for child & family services since the late 1990s.