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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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We promised to more than double the capital people can keep when in residential care - freeing up more of people's money for them to use as they wish.
The percentage of the providers that are Medicaid-certified ranges from 27 percent for the residential care communities up to 92 percent for the nursing homes.
This article makes a number of contributions to the measurement of output and productivity in the residential care sector, and in the health care sector in general.
Raising the minimum wage - while absolutely necessary and well-deserved by nurses and care workers - will undoubtedly push up the costs of a care home even further, and widen the massive gap between people's income in later life and the sums needed to pay for residential care.
He said education in schools, awareness programmes and police preventive initiatives all work well but that residential care in Wales does not.
The scale of the problem is massive, with basic residential care costing in the region of PS400 per person per week, rising to PS3,500-plus for those with severe disabilities.
The charity said that "needless" waiting in hospitals costs the NHS around PS250 per patient each day - compared to the PS524 average weekly cost of residential care.
Responding to the report, 'Low Expectations', which found that only 41% of relatives of loved ones with Alzheimer's or dementia said they enjoyed a good quality of life in residential care, Vitalise's research reveals that the problem extends to people with other disabilities and their carers, too.
It is clear from the 800 submissions made to the review that if mobility payments were to be removed from disabled people living in residential care, this would lead to a significant loss of independence.
It will provide long term and short term care, including respite care, with costs similar to residential care home fees.
Byline: The Tories have come up with plans to stop elderly people being forced to sell their homes to pay for residential care.

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