Here When You Need Us

ASC Referral Line: 888-996-8272

Here When You Need Us

ASC Referral Line: 888-996-8272

Cardinal Nursing & Rehabilitation

1121 East LaSalle Ave.,

South Bend, IN 46617

Phone: 574-287-6501

ASC Referral Line: 888-996-8272

Phone: 574-287-6501

ASC Referral Line: 888-996-8272

best-nursing-homes_2017Caring people make the difference at Cardinal Nursing & Rehabilitation. You can feel it the minute you walk into our community and meet our staff. They are experts at senior healthcare who are not just doing a job, but following a calling. Our caring and compassionate staff are here to help you and your family find answers, solutions and peace of mind. In fact, they become an extension of your family.

We are located in central South Bend, Indiana, just minutes away from Memorial Hospital and St. Joseph Regional Medical Center. Our convenient location, near the University of Notre Dame, is close to shopping and restaurants, so you’ll have peace of mind knowing that seniors are in a safe, accessible community that encourages friends and family members to visit often. Whether you are looking for rehabilitation, memory care, nursing, long-term, respite or hospice care, Cardinal Nursing & Rehabilitation is an ideal senior community for residents in or near South Bend, Indiana.

Accepting Medicare, Managed Care and Private Insurances, our specialists will help you understand your benefits.

Also, we accept Medicaid and can help with the application process too!

Call and ask for a member of our admissions team for more information or stop by and visit. We look forward to serving you!

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Moving Forward Rehabilitation

Our Moving Forward program is designed for those striving to restore abilities lost due to stroke, cardiovascular difficulties, orthopedic surgery and other debilitating conditions. Programs vary in frequency and intensity and include physical, occupational and speech/language therapies. Our goal is to return our participants home safely with the skills they need to continue life on their own terms.

Physical Therapy focuses primarily on independent mobility, regaining strength and balance, using proper body mechanics and energy saving techniques to better perform mobility tasks.

Occupational Therapy promotes independence with daily living activities like bathing, eating, dressing, self-care and home management tasks. Participants gain strength and coordination while learning to conserve their energy.

The goal of Speech/Language Therapy is to increase functional communication, cognitive skills, and teach safe swallowing by introducing diet modifications and special feeding techniques. Therapy may include muscle retraining, compensatory strategies, and use of communication devices.

Exclusively at American Senior Communities, the Road to Recovery program offers the opportunity for our interdisciplinary team, the patient, and their family to meet within the first 72 hours after admission to map out their Road to Recovery by identifying discharge goals. We monitor our rehabilitation outcomes and use the data to consistently improve our services. In-home assessments are performed by the therapy team prior to discharge to ensure a safe transition back to home.

Upscale benefits in our Moving Forward Wing (at selected locations) include private suites, exclusive dining area and courtyard, electric beds, spacious living rooms, elegant family lounge area, cable TV and phones.

Services include wound care, rehabilitation screenings, fall prevention, restraint reduction, restorative nursing, contracture management, wheelchair position and mobility, and walking ability programs. Add this to our highly successful New Energy Wellness (at selected locations) strength building and aerobic conditioning program, and you have an incredible combination that will truly help you move forward!

Auguste’s Cottage Memory Care

While a cure for Alzheimer’s disease does not yet exist, many options are available that enable those with the disease or other forms of memory loss to enjoy a quality of life. The progression of Alzheimer’s and the symptoms that accompany it often make it difficult for family members to continue care at home. We are experts at caring for individuals challenged with memory care issues. Through intense focus in this area, we’ve developed a structured environment that serves residents through individualized attention provided by compassionate caregivers in home-like living conditions.

Our Auguste’s Cottage is a structured, research-based program utilizing the social model philosophy of care. We care for our residents by making them feel at home, rather than in an institutional setting. Excellent healthcare is always provided, but quality of life is our primary focus. Stimulating daily activities are offered and encouraged to sustain independence and promote a healthy spirit. Auguste’s Cottage is a self-contained center within our community. The concept of the cottage is to focus on maintaining a secure, home- like environment where residents have a sense of belonging. We surround residents with artwork and special personal items from their past to help foster a sense of belonging and cultivate feelings of security. Plants adorn the halls and pets visit frequently. This protected environment fosters dignity and supports autonomy by reducing challenges. The specially designed, uncomplicated floor plan allows residents to stay oriented and move around more easily by offering strong visual cues. Some locations offer multiple centers designed to fit the needs of our residents through each stage of their journey. Program levels vary at each community.

Compassionate, friendly, patient and knowledgeable are just a few ways to describe the Auguste’s Cottage caregivers. We pride ourselves in being selective and hire only the best professionals and provide them with on-site training and education in memory impairment. Under the guiding hands of our trained Memory Care Facilitators, we pledge to give each resident the highest quality of care possible.

The dignity and individual expression of each resident is ensured through providing excellent healthcare, a secure and comforting environment, a clear understanding of memory issues, and a strong compassion for those we serve.

Skilled Nursing

The physical and emotional struggles that can accompany a debilitating injury or illness can deprive many seniors of the quality of life they’ve earned. Our Skilled Nursing Care is designed to provide compassionate senior medical care to those recovering from stroke, heart attack, orthopedic conditions or other disabilities. We’ve built a team of geriatric nursing specialists who have developed unique protocols and procedures for caring for the elderly through short-term or extended care, encompassing the physical and emotional well-being of each resident.

Long Term Care

Long Term Care is a great option for those who can no longer be cared for at home due to illness, injury, frailty, or other limitations. Under the guidance of an attending physician, long term senior care is provided at our long term care facilities by licensed nurses, specially trained health care aide and a full interdisciplinary care team. Physical, Occupational and Speech Therapies are also available to ensure our long term health care residents function at the highest level of independence as possible. The setting is home-like, cheerful, soothing and secure.

Medicaid Accepted! Our Medicaid Specialists can assist you through the application process.

Respite Care

Respite stays are an option for those who need respite care for elderly friends or family on a short term basis. This allows home caregivers the ability to travel, start a new job, recuperate from an illness, or pursue other interests. Many find respite stays the perfect option for recovery from surgery or hospitalization. Should a short stay require extended care, we can accommodate that too. We carefully examine the needs of our respite guests and provide the level of care required to make their stay comfortable and enjoyable. Family members leave with the confidence that their loved one is safe and in good hands.

Hospice Care

Hospice and palliative care for seniors is designed to provide comfort, care and pain relief for those facing terminal illness. We partner with Hospice companies to offer comprehensive hospice services including skilled nursing care, respite care, spiritual and bereavement counseling, medical equipment and supplies, social services, and pharmacy services. By putting together an interdisciplinary team of physicians, nurses, aides, volunteers, social workers and clergy, we can serve the needs of our Hospice patients and their families.

Annual Survey

Our residents and their families participated in our annual customer satisfaction survey. We are proud to share with you what our families and residents had to say:

99% Agree that the admissions process is easy and efficient.

98% Agree the phone calls are answered in a courteous manner.

98% Agree the grounds are attractive.

97% Agree that the staff respect the residents.

97% Agree that they are satisfied with the frequency of laundry services.

97% Agree that they are overall satisfied with the quality of care provided to the residents.

96% Agree the staff is helpful when they have questions or concerns.

96% Agree that they linens are clean.

96% Agree that overall, they are satisfied with the physical condition of the facility.

96% Agree the staff addressed their concerns.


The staff is all very patient with my mother! I am very thankful to Cardinal staff.

The staff treat me great!

I enjoy the staff and how they take care of me!

I like it here. Everyone is nice to me.

I love the garden with all the pretty flowers. Cardinal is a nice place to live!

I would recommend Cardinal! The staff is nice and very caring.

Thank you to the staff for their care, love and understanding. God bless you all! Thank you so much! We were so blessed with Cardinal Nursing!

Kudos to all the staff at Cardinal!

The nurses and the staff have been so sweet and so nice to me.

I will miss Cardinal when I am discharged! The staff has taken good care of my needs and I thank everyone here!

From the North – Niles, MI
Follow M-51 S/S 11th and continue on IN-933 S. Turn left onto Auten Rd, then right onto Juniper Rd. Take the 2nd exit at the traffic circle to Douglas Rd, and at the next traffic circle take the 1st exit to Twyckenham Dr. Turn right onto S Bend Ave and continue on N Eddy  St. Turn left onto E Lasalle Ave.

From the South – Plymouth
Get on US-31 N and continue straight onto Michigan St. Turn right onto E Sample St. E Sample St becomes N Eddy St. Turn right onto Lasalle Ave.

From the East – Elkhart
Follow Old US 20, continuing on US-20 Business/E McKinley Ave. Turn left on N Jacob St. Turn right onto Lasalle Ave.

From the West – Rolling Prairie
Head east on US-20 E from I-2 E. Take exit 76 for IN-23 toward South Bend/N Liberty. Turn left onto IN-23 N, then turn right on W Sample St. W Sample St becomes N Eddy St. Turn right onto Lasalle Ave.




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