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Watchful attention; custody; diligence; concern; caution; as opposed to Negligence or carelessness.

In the law of negligence, the standard of reasonable conduct determines the amount of care to be exercised in a situation. The care taken must be proportional to the apparent risk. As danger increases, commensurate caution must be observed.

Slight care is the care persons of ordinary prudence generally exercise in regard to their personal affairs of minimal importance.

Reasonable care, also known as ordinary care, is the degree of care, diligence, or precaution that may fairly, ordinarily, and properly be expected or required in consideration of the nature of the action, the subject matter, and the surrounding circumstances.

Great care is the degree of care that persons of ordinary prudence usually exercise with respect to their personal affairs of great importance.

Another type of care is that which a fiduciary—a person having a duty, created by his or her undertaking, to act primarily for another's benefit—exercises in regard to valuable possessions entrusted to him or her by another.


n. in law, to be attentive, prudent and vigilant. Essentially, care (and careful) means that a person does everything he/she is supposed to do (to prevent an accident). It is the opposite of negligence (and negligent), which makes the responsible person liable for damages to persons injured. If a person "exercises care," a court cannot find him/her responsible for damages from an accident in which he/she is involved. (See: careless)


(Be cautious), verb be cautious, be concerned, bear in mind, beware, consider, curare, give heed to, guard, have regard, heed, look out for, mind, pay attention to, protect, take precautions, watch out for, watch over
Associated concepts: care and caution, care and skill, careful, careless, degree of care, due care, extraordinary care, great care, lack of care, ordinary care, slight care, want of care


(Regard), verb administer to, attend, attend to, be concerned, be concerned for, become involved, bother, foster, mind, minister to, nurture, pay attention to, serve, supervise, support, sustain, tend, watch over
Associated concepts: care and custody, care and mainteeance, custody or control
See also: administration, agency, aid, alimony, apprehension, assistance, auspices, burden, caution, charge, concern, consideration, constraint, control, custody, direction, discretion, fear, generalship, guidance, heed, help, imprisonment, interest, maintenance, management, notice, particularity, patronage, precaution, preservation, problem, protection, prudence, regard, relief, rigor, safekeeping, shelter, supervision, support, surveillance, trust, upkeep, ward, weight
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Adult foster care may be a cost-effective alternative to nursing homes or larger assisted-living facilities.
Oregon is ideal for the present study of location decisions for two reasons: (1) Adult foster care is well established as a middle class as well as a low-income alternative form of long-term care (Kane, Kane, Illston, & Nyman, 1991), and (2) adults with substantial disability levels receive foster care in Oregon foster homes.
Org, in collaboration with Oregon's Department of Human Services, is the first company in the state to combine a complete listing of all licensed adult foster care homes, residential care homes, nursing homes and assisted living facilities with advanced search capabilities, background performance and complaint history and a consumer-rating system.
Not as many elders who could were taking advantage of the existing Adult Foster Care program, she said, although it has been successful since it was introduced in 1979.
It's not something you see every day," said Berger, 59, who operates an adult foster care home with his wife, Carol, at Fourth and C streets.
The three-bill package expands the scope of the Adult Foster Care Facility Licensing Act and the Public Health Code by requiring Michigan's almost 5,000 residential care facilities to conduct criminal background checks of all employees and to conduct the checks annually.
Volunteer advocates and investigators are needed to serve as ombudsmen for residents of nursing homes, residential care facilities, assisted living facilities and adult foster care homes.
We want to send a chill through anyone who might be thinking about trying to engage in this personally invasive and financially ruinous crime," Cox said at a press conference, where he was joined by representatives of Michigan's law enforcement, adult foster care and consumer protection communities.
Long Term Care Ombudsman - Seeks volunteers to advocate for the rights of residents in nursing homes, residential care facilities, assisted living facilities and adult foster care homes.
The Bureau of Family Services licenses and regulates family, small, large and congregate adult foster care homes, homes for the aged, and specialized programs for developmentally disabled and/or mentally ill individuals who reside in adult foster care homes.
Long-term Care Ombudsman - Seeks Rap/Chat volunteers to visit residents in nursing homes, residential care facilities, assisted living facilities and adult foster care homes.

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