Extendicare Inc.

Extendicare Inc.

October 19, 2006 17:00 ET

Extendicare Inc. Appoints John Buono as Chief Financial Officer of its U.S. Subsidiary Assisted Living Concepts, Inc.

MARKHAM, ONTARIO--(CCNMatthews - Oct. 19, 2006) - Extendicare Inc. (TSX:EXE)(TSX:EXE.A)(NYSE:EXE.A) announced today the appointment of John Buono to the position of Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Assisted Living Concepts, Inc. (ALC), effective October 16. Extendicare is in the final stages of its Plan of Arrangement (the "Arrangement") which will, among other things distribute ALC to its shareholders. Upon completion of the Arrangement, ALC will be a separate publicly held company whose Class A common shares will be listed on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE).

ALC is currently a wholly owned subsidiary of Extendicare Inc.

Mr. Buono's past experience includes management consulting at Wind Lake Solutions, Inc., where he designed and implemented a number of new accounting systems. Prior to that Mr. Buono was Chief Financial Officer and Secretary of Total Logistics, Inc., a NASDAQ listed company until it was sold to SuperValu Inc. in 2005. His prior experience also includes Corporate Director - Accounting and Assistant Treasurer of Sybron International, Inc. and Senior Accountant at Deloitte, Haskins and Sells. Mr. Buono is a Certified Public Accountant and has a Masters of Business Administration from Marquette University.

"ALC is pleased to welcome Mr. Buono," said Laurie Bebo, President and Chief Executive Officer of ALC. "With his strong financial background we expect Mr. Buono will be a valuable contributor as ALC commences trading on the NYSE as an independent company."

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Extendicare is a major provider of long-term care and related services in North America. Through its subsidiaries, Extendicare operates 438 nursing and assisted living facilities in North America, with capacity for over 34,700 residents. As well, through its operations in the United States, Extendicare offers medical specialty services such as subacute care and rehabilitative therapy services, while home health care services are provided in Canada. The Company employs 38,100 people in North America.

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As a conversion by the Company into a Canadian real estate investment trust and the distribution of Assisted Living Concepts, Inc. will be subject to and conditional upon, among other things, court approval, some or all of which conditions are beyond the control of the Company, there can be no assurance that such a conversion will occur or will occur within a particular time frame.

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