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

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.