Extended care facilities are designed to care for those who need assistance with activities of daily living or with medical needs. A nursing home is one type of extended care facility, but not all extended care facilities are nursing homes. An extended care facility is needed when someone has a condition that is likely to last for a long period of time or for the rest of his or her life.

The extended care facility is often utilized after surgery. Someone may not be ill enough to be in the hospital, but she or he is not in good enough shape to return home. He or she may also need special treatment, like physical therapy. In this case, you need an extended care facility that is aimed at rehabilitation. These are often referred to as “rehab” centers or institutes. Medicare and other insurance plans often cover these services.