Post Hospital Resources

When choosing a nursing home, rehabilitation facility or other post-hospital services for yourself or a loved one, the options can be confusing and overwhelming. Below, find resources such as checklists, articles, information and results of recent surveys to make an informed decision about the long-term care options available after you leave the hospital.


AARP is a nonprofit, nonpartisan membership organization that helps people 50 and over improve the quality of their lives. Provides checklists and tips on selecting assisted living and skilled nursing facilities.

Caregiver Support: The Chicago Department Of Senior Services

This comprehensive program gives caregivers access to reliable information, professional resources and a full range of public and private support services, most of which are available right in the neighborhood. Call 312-744-4016 or 312-744-6777 (TTY) for the hearing impaired.

Catholic Charities

Provides pre-screening services for persons seeking admission to skilled nursing facilities. Intake: 312-655-7700

Illinois Department of Public Health

Information on how to select a nursing home, checklists, nursing home information and results from state surveys.

Nursing Home Compare

The official U.S. Government site offering detailed information about every Medicare and Medicaid-certified nursing home in the country. 

Myths Vs. Realities of Living in a Nursing Home

Learn what you can expect at a nursing home, including how it differs from a hospital.

Evaluation Checklists

When selecting a nursing home, it is important to thoroughly analyze a variety of factors (staff, safety, food, activities, etc.) to help you compare facilities and make the right choice for yourself. The links below are downloadable documents (PDFs) that are helpful resources to print and use while visiting nursing homes.

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