Back in January, Elizabeth Stout had to find a place for her brother John Krok.
Krok, 62, had been struggling with a brain tumor for nearly two years — since having a seizure at a Jewel supermarket where he worked as a cashier. He had endured countless medical procedures, hospital trips and rehab-center stays.
Krok tried returning home but quickly ended up back in the hospital.
“They needed him out,” Stout said. “I had only a few days to find him a nursing home.”
She printed out federal ratings for nursing homes near her brother’s house on Chicago’s Northwest Side. She spotted two facilities with high marks for having enough staff to care for the residents. Both places were owned by nonprofit organizations. She toured