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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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Portsmouth City Council is in the process of preparing a tender for the provision of continuing care for children with complex health needs to enable them to live at home with their families and within the wider community.
HMC's chief of Continuing Care Group, Mahmoud al-Raisi, who oversees the organisation's continuing care programmes, said the renovated care facility provides a more home-like environment for patients and families.
The authors argue that, although our population is undergoing a dramatic age demographic shift, this population-level change will not cause an insurmountable demand on continuing care (formal or informal).
It's a perplexing controversy, as DMH officials say the proposal will not change the number of continuing care beds for people with mental illness.
Just 58,000 people currently receive continuing care funding but it is believed this is just the tip of the iceberg and more than 150,000 are actually entitled to it.
Headquartered in Irving, TX, CHRISTUS Continuing Care is a leader in home and hospice care, providing care to nearly 2,000 patients in 13 locations across Texas and Louisiana each month.
NHS funding for continuing care is available for those with ongoing health needs, whether in their own home or a care home, but patients must meet certain criteria before they are entitled to it.
However, adaptive continuing care is one such modality that fosters recovery in addicts.
What was somewhat surprising was that even clients who were motivated in primary treatment often dropped out of continuing care after a short period of time.
Pensioners are given continuing care if they would have been eligible for full-time NHS geriatric care before that service was cut.
Barnabas Rehabilitation and Continuing Care Center is a 199-bed (fully occupied) facility that includes geriatric, rehabilitation, ventilator, and AIDS beds.
The Fountaingrove Lodge continuing care model will also provide on-site health services.

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