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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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Public officials at state and local levels in Oregon view adult foster care as an alternative service that consumers can choose rather than a niche on the continuum for those not yet "needing" nursing homes.
Although adult foster care in Oregon is a real alternative to nursing homes, it by no means replaces them.
The widespread acceptance of adult foster care homes in Oregon is underscored because more private-pay residents use them than Medicaid-supported clients do.
Because adult foster care in Oregon is a large, mature program serving people with a wide range of incomes and disability levels, it provides an opportunity to investigate issues surrounding the decision to enter a foster home compared to a nursing home.
The resulting sample for analysis consisted of 439 respondents, 260 adult foster care residents (or 64 percent of the original sample) and 179 nursing home residents (or 45 percent of the original sample), a difference that reflects the much higher levels of cognitive impairment measured among the nursing home residents.
We used frequencies and percentages to describe demographic characteristics of both adult foster care and nursing home respondents and to summarize findings related to influences and circumstances surrounding the decision to move.
Respondents in nursing homes and adult foster care were similar in demographic characteristics: Most were female, currently not married, ages 75 to 84, and overwhelmingly white (97 percent, not in table).
Because the relationship between perceived control and the dependent variables was significant for the adult foster care residents, we ran an interactive model to test the hypothesis that control might have a greater effect on those who considered more than one home as an alternative.
The study shows substantial differences between interviewable residents in adult foster care and interviewable residents in nursing homes in the circumstances precipitating the move, the nature of the search, in perceived control, and in the attributes of the setting deemed important.

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