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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.

West's Encyclopedia of American Law, edition 2. Copyright 2008 The Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved.


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)

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The vast majority (92 percent) of childcare subsidies go toward center-based or family childcare, with a small share going only to families that use informal care. (19) This inevitably means that nonstandard-hour workers, who are more likely to use informal childcare, are less likely to receive childcare assistance.
Living in an urban area was negatively associated with the cost of an institutional stay (OR = 0.09; 95% CI: 0.02-0.40; p = 0.002), the cost of home renovation (OR = 0.69; 95% CI: 0.49-0.94; p = 0.020), and the informal care cost (OR = 0.48; 95% CI: 0.30-0.77; p = 0.002).
* Informal care is an essential cornerstone of sustainable LTC, but it faces many challenges related to care allowances, attendance allowances (ALs), and opportunity costs for predominantly female informal care workers.
Stronger support for the informal care providers and meeting the care needs of Canadians requiring homecare, should result in patients and their informal care providers having a better quality of life, good quality care in the home regardless of where one lives, less days in acute care facilities and improved health spending by governments.
Home Based Care, Community Services, and Informal Care. The study population had an average of 2 hours of nurse visits per week and 4 hours per week of PCA visits with a mean cost of $121 (SD 698) for nursing care and $463 (1,598) for PCA care per person per year (Tables 4 and 5).
A logistic regression model was computed with FCT as a dichotomous dependent variable and the same above-mentioned independent variables in order to compare formal and informal care determinants.
Informal care is unpaid and here the value was assumed to be equivalent to the cost of a homecare worker.
(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.
However, the productivity losses and informal care costs associated with cancer will be less well understood and their magnitude less appreciated."
Availability of informal care typically reduces the volume of HCBS made available to clients, because HCBS are designed, in part, to help fill in gaps when informal care is insufficient.

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