Anna Popovic, director of rehabilitation service at The Grove of Evanston, shows the equipment in the facility's rehab room.

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A year after Resurrection Health Care sold its facility on Oakton Street at Asbury Avenue, the former nursing home celebrated a grand opening as The Grove of Evanston, a sub-acute rehab facility. Yair Zuckerman, executive director, said the facility was overhauled and revamped to provide greater space for patients and a “hotel-like” theme. Now with only semi-private and private rooms, where before some rooms housed three patients, The Grove is licensed for 124 persons, a reduction of 66 from its prior 190-person capacity.

Some of the residents vacated their rooms to allow visitors to tour them during the afternoon’s open house, said Mr. Zuckerman. Rooms designed for one person have a chaise-like easy chair to accommodate a family member who wishes to stay overnight. Bathrooms are equipped with a toilet, but shower and bath facilities are located in larger room, with bath chairs and other equipment, he said. 

The basement is devoted to patients’ rehabilitation: exercise equipment for strength-training and a full kitchen to ease patients back to the activities of daily living, said Anna Popovic, director of rehabilitation services.

A car, a bed and a stile allow patients to relearn the skills they will need for home life once they are discharged.

Across the hall, Alisha Thornton and Tishaunda Sims operate a hair and nail salon. They work five days per week, said Ms. Thornton, but the salon is open every day.

Mary Gavin

Mary Gavin is the founder of the Evanston RoundTable. After 23 years as its publisher and manager, she helped transition the RoundTable to nonprofit status in 2021. She continues to write, edit, mentor...