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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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This paper investigates the effects of privately purchased long-term care insurance (LTCI) on three major types of long-term care services: nursing home care, paid home care, and informal care received from family and friends.
Opportunity cost of time, the economic value of activities forgone as a result of providing care, may be thought of as the price of supplying informal care and, as such, is one of the key determinants of how much informal care is provided.
The UN agreements affirm that "care giving in the home" must be reconceptualized as socially necessary work that contributes to the economy and argue that efforts to produce new knowledge and policy solutions about informal care as well as the provision of informal care itself must be financially supported by governments (United Nations 1995: Section 209:f,g).
The burden of disease analysis included both "direct costs", which are all healthcare costs as a result of treatment (including costs of hospitalization, general practice services, and medications), and "indirect costs" which are all costs related to loss of productivity and informal care costs.
Of interest were what services they have utilized, how they perceived both the formal and informal care they received, and what features of this care they perceived as most important.
4) We estimate the annual average cost per recipient of institutional care to be roughly $60,200 per recipient in 2014 dollars, while formal homecare costs are $18,000 and informal care about $21,900.
This informal care is saving working families thousands of pounds a year on nursery and childminding fees, as well as helping parents to stay in work and continue their careers.
Grandparents can no longer have their grandchildren to stay, single parents are losing children's bedrooms, people who do informal care for disabled people are having to stop.
Indirect benefits include avoided cost of lost productivity incurred by the patients due to their reduced income and by their caregiver(s) due to provision of informal care.
Caption: Considering informal care can double projected cost of dementia
Workers with the flexibility to provide informal care for elderly, disabled, and medically fragile relatives may be able to reduce expenditures for health care, including paid care at home or in nursing homes that might otherwise be financed by Medicaid or Medicare.
3) This average is inclusive of those who will not require care and varies greatly by gender, as wives both tend to provide informal care for their husbands and live longer.

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