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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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My mother, a WWII disabled veteran, is entitled to four weeks' free respite care yearly but only if her regular carer, that's me, is either ill or hospitalised.
Respite care can be a critical element of the home care process for those who have taken on a caregiver role for a son or daughter with a developmental disability.
Mr Jones visited Ashby House in Nuneaton, a respite care centre provided by Coventry and Warwickshire Partnership NHS Trust for people with a learning disability.
Arranging respite care for your loved one can help you to take some time away from your caring responsibilities to recharge your batteries, both mentally and physically.
It said the slash in the respite care grant follows a decision to abolish the housing adaptation grant and the scrapping of the mobility allowance.
The Labour-run authority has since introduced new eligibility criteria and agreed to cut PS80,000 of funding for overnight respite care, despite the protests of some parents.
Respite care at Butterwick House is an amazing opportunity for the whole family and one that we are thrilled to be able to offer.
Editor's note: The Lifespan Respite Care Program, which supports family caregivers, has been severely underfunded by Congress since its inception.
We have thought about respite care but we're afraid of the way he will react.
Because it can have severe emotional repercussions on the family, respite care by another trained foster parent or other professional is frequently made available.
The problem is our own research shows that six out of every 10 carers are overwhelmed with feelings of worry or guilt about putting the person they care for into respite care, even for just a few days.
However, the council has now said there is "a small shortfall in specialist respite care for people with learning disabilities, or for clients with short-term 'crisis' mental health needs".