On behalf of the residents and staff of Vandalia Rehabilitation & Health Care Center, I would like to extend a very warm welcome to you and your loved one. The staff of Vandalia Rehabilitation & Health Care Center strives for excellence in obtaining each resident’s individual needs and goals to attain their highest level of independence.

Our main objective is to provide excellent nursing care. We have a very dedicated and caring nursing staff to meet your needs. We also offer an exciting activity and social service department to provide for your social needs. We strongly encourage family involvement with our residents at any time.

Thank you for the opportunity to care for you or your loved ones. If at any time you would like to offer suggestions or concerns, please do not hesitate to call me at Vandalia Rehabilitation & Health Care Center, (618) 283-4262. We would like to thank you for choosing Vandalia Rehabilitation & Health Care Center.

Our Transitional Therapy Room

Designed with our Pathways Rehab to Home guests needs in mind as they transition from skilled care back to their home, we are pleased to announce the opening of our Transitional Therapy Room in our Pathways Therapy Gym.  Through the use of innovative treatment modalities and actual household items guests will use in their homes, our professional Pathways team helps each guest work on their unique goals and return to their active lifestyle.  Our Pathways team provides comprehensive physical, occupational and speech therapy in a comfortable, home-like environment.

Our Transitional Therapy Room is equipped with a fully functioning kitchen that includes a stove, refrigerator, microwave and sink.  Our therapy team will evaluate how each guest navigates in the kitchen area to determine how best to improve mobility and increase independence for the return to home.  We have also added a demonstration area with washer and dryer for use to evaluate a Pathways guests ability to complete laundering tasks in their home.

Our powder room set up includes a demonstration stall shower with seat, sink and average height toilet.  Our therapists will utilize this setup area to determine what assistive devices or modifications may be needed by a Pathways guest prior to discharge back home.  Our therapy team will also evaluate bed mobility using an average height twin bed.  Our goal is to work with each Pathways guest to ensure that they are confident in their ability to navigate in their home environment prior to the discharge home.

For more information on our Transitional Therapy Room or to schedule a tour, please call us today at #618-283-4262.  Our team would love to show you how we can help you or a loved one get back on the Pathways home after surgery or hospitalization.

1500 West St. Louis Avenue
Vandalia, IL, 62471
P. (618) 283-4262
F. (618) 283-4313

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It’s About Quality of Life in our Activity Program

  • Come shop at our Country Store!
  • Enjoy Creative Crafts, Games, Music & More
  • Religious Services
  • Exciting Community Outings, such as picnics in the spring!
  • One-on-one special activities
  • Library of books of all subjects and types
  • On-going special projects such as the Comfort Bears
  • Annual Quilt building for end of year raffle.
  • Musical guests, Heartland Hunnies & More!


  • Adult Day Care
  • Short Term Care
  • Long Term Care
  • Respite Care
  • Hospice Care
  • Pain Management
  • In-Patient Rehabilitation
  • Orthopedic Recovery
  • Vascular/Wound Recovery
  • Dialysis Management
  • Diet Management
  • Dementia Care
  • Wound Management and Recovery

Professional Services

  • Discharge Planning
  • Skilled Nursing Care
  • 24 Hour Pharmacy Services
  • I.V. Therapy
  • Oxygen
  • On-Site Lab
  • Nebulizer Treatment
  • Tracheotomy Care
  • Bi-Pap / C-Pap
  • Ancillary Services
  • Podiatrist, Audiologist, Dentist, Optometrist
  • Portable Diagnostics
  • Specialty Equipment
  • Wound Vacs
  • MIST Therapy


Our Nursing Team consists of compassionate, well-educated professionals whose skills and experience are focused on meeting the total care needs of our residents! Our nursing staff is continually updated and trained on the most progressive treatment options available anywhere. They are on duty 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to serve our residents and answer your questions!


Our dietary specialists know the value of a well-prepared, appetizing meal. They are uniquely equipped to meet the specialized dietary needs of our clientele as well as accommodating a wide variety of personal preferences shaped by a lifetime of experience. Our modern and sanitary kitchen is a model for our industry. Friends and family members are encouraged to join us for delicious meals on a regular basis. There is a small charge for those wishing to join us.


Our social service team in conjunction with our interdisciplinary team generates quality programs whose purpose is to fulfill the varied needs of our residents. The goal of our activities team is to provide a dynamic and stimulating home environment. Both departments provide challenging individual and group programming designed to promote intellectual, physical and social stimulation and rehabilitation.

Pathways Rehabilitation

Pathways offers a full rehab experience for a wide variety of adults with need for rehabilitation following a hospitalization after an injury, illness, or planned procedure. Our experienced and dedicated rehabilitation team, including therapists, nurses and social services professionals, work with individuals to return to a safe and independent level of function. Pathways professionals are equipped to meet the needs of most diagnostic situations, including:

  • Orthopedic
  • Neurological
  • Cardiac
  • Pulmonary
  • & Many Others
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What they’re saying

Everyone from housekeeping to the nursing staff is wonderful. I know that my mom is in the hands of wonderful, caring people. When she came there 2 years ago, I wasn’t sure I was doing the right thing, but you have proven over and over again that it was the best thing for her that I could have ever done when I could no longer meet her needs myself. Thank you for taking such good care of my mom

Family Member of a Resident

Petersen Health Care was an absolute answer to prayers for our family as we sought the proper facility for our Aunt. The facilities are very home-like, and the care and love given to the residents by the staff is exceptional. I would recommend Petersen Health Care to anyone looking for a home for their loved one with dementia.

Family Member

Well, this was the best decision I could have made for Mom. Every staff person listened to me as though my concerns were their only concerns. They took into consideration all of Mom’s individual needs, even her personal preferences that were not within the normal protocols of the nursing home. They really listened when I talked. They kept me informed. They respected her wishes, through me, since she could no longer express herself.

Family Member

The time has come to leave the beautiful people in this place. Having been here before, I was impressed with the new therapy department. Occupational Therapy has helped me learn new ways to put on my shoes and socks and I can do it by myself. Physical Therapy has helped to strengthen my legs and get me back to walking again. If I need therapy again, I will definately come here!

Successful Therapy Patient

I recently was a short-term resident at Polo Rehabilitation and Health Care following surgery. The staff was incredible and deserve special mention. I appreciated the service and, most of all, the friendship extended to me when I was a resident there. All the CNAs tended to my needs. Their gentle and kind attention was exceptional; I am sure it sped my recovery. Those who prepared and served my meals also played a big role. The food was excellent and the cheery smiles of the servers brightened the sometimes stressful days. The Pathways therapists pushed me to stretch those stiff muscles.

I am sure that I would not be doing as well as I am – and be back in my own apartment — without them. Those who made it possible for me to get to my doctor appointments aided tremendously. It was definitely easier for me in the Polo Rehab van than in a car. You gentlemen are true gentle-men. I truly feel that the Polo Rehabilitation and Health Care facility is one of the best available in this area. I cannot thank all the staff enough. It is top notch nursing care.

Successful Therapy Patient

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