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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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The e-learning will complement the mandatory training in end-oflife care already delivered to all frontline ambulance staff in Wales and the ongoing training sessions being delivered in end-of-life care communication skills.
Sarah Shaw, director of clinical services at Kirkwood Hospice, said that palliative and end-of-life care is increasingly becoming the centre of all health and social care policy.
End-of-life care is about symptom assessment and management, ensuring medication is effective and used appropriately, but it is also about remembering the personhood of everyone involved in the dance of life.
It added that it should be part of a health care organization's practice to give out materials regarding end-of-life care to patients and families to keep dialogue open.
In a section on the cost of end-of-life care, committee members note that increases seem to have more to do with the factors driving up all types of U.
After reading of the full text, 28 articles were excluded from the review as they did not specifically relate to conversations about end-of-life care wishes.
As stated by the CMA, the national dialogue on end-of-life care focused on three issues: advanced care planning, palliative care, and euthanasia and physician assisted dying.
The Senate Special Committee on Aging recently got a 10-foot pole and touched the end-of-life care planning topic again, at a hearing on advance care planning.
Each chapter uses one ancient or contemporary play to illuminate themes and choices in end-of-life care.
Effective end-of-life care is rarely simply asking a patient to check a box indicating whether they'd like to be resuscitated or intubated.
As policy issues are discussed and begin to take shape, outcomes research focused on end-of-life care will increasingly gain importance.
A recent study that examined racial differences among a national sample of almost 220,000 Medicare beneficiaries found that people of color were 20% less likely to use hospice for end-of-life care, and were more likely to leave hospice care, than their White counterparts.