What do you understand by the word 'care'?

Discussion in 'Researchers, students and professionals' started by noelphobic, Oct 29, 2006.

  1. noelphobic

    noelphobic Registered User

    Feb 24, 2006
    3,452
    Liverpool
    Hi everyone

    I am here with my student 'hat' on (I'd rather have the gown but think that's rather a long way off!)

    I have recently started an Open University degree in Health and Social Care. Part of my present study involves asking as many people as possible

    'What do you understand by the word 'care'?'
    Please answer in one word or one phrase
    .

    I would be so grateful to anyone who could help me with this as I'm finding getting back into studying hard going! :eek:

    Thanks in advance. :)
     
  2. dmc

    dmc Registered User

    Mar 13, 2006
    1,157
    i would think of "care" as being "help" or "to look after"
    hope i interprepted the question right:confused:
    good luck with the studies!!xx
     
  3. noelphobic

    noelphobic Registered User

    Feb 24, 2006
    3,452
    Liverpool
    Thanks for you answer Donna. It's a great answer and there really is no right or wrong answer and I hope that is not putting people off from answering! I am just looking for people's instinctive answer to the question so I can compile as many replies as possible.

    I think I will need all the luck I can get :eek:
     
  4. Lila13

    Lila13 Registered User

    Feb 24, 2006
    1,342
    It's difficult to think of just one word or phrase. I was thinking that, when we looked after my grannie and other elderly relations, no-one used the word "care" then, I suppose "looked after" was more usual.

    Of course at that time there weren't any attendance allowances or carers from Social Services.

    Lila
     
  5. nicetotalk

    nicetotalk Registered User

    Sep 22, 2006
    155
    stretford
    Hi

    I would of of said (tending to all needs}


    kathy
     
  6. noelphobic

    noelphobic Registered User

    Feb 24, 2006
    3,452
    Liverpool
    thanks Lila and Kathy :)
     
  7. daughter

    daughter Registered User

    Mar 16, 2005
    824
    "Loving Support" - that's what I understand by the word 'care' - but I also offer some to you! Good luck with the study :)
     
  8. Amy

    Amy Registered User

    Jan 4, 2006
    3,453
    Providing physical and emotional support as required to meet the needs of another?
    Helen
     
  9. perfectpatience

    perfectpatience Registered User

    Oct 3, 2006
    64
    Essex
    Taking responsibility......is a good word for 'caring' for someone! Good luck with your project. PP x
     
  10. Áine

    Áine Registered User

    That's an interesting one. It's one of those words where I think I know what it means until someone asks me to define it.

    I remember when dad first started being ill, before he had a dementia diagnosis, I used to go on a general carers chatroom. More than once I was stopped in my tracks by meeting someone new and them asking me "do you care?" My immediate response tends to see "care" as meaning "concern" etc ........ do you care about the enviroment? do you care about the number of people who are homeless? "am I bovvered?" etc Took me quite a while to get used to the question being about provision of care in the sense of attempting to meet someone's (?basic) needs.

    I suppose as well as tending to someone's needs, care could be about facilitating a situation in which someone else tended to those needs.

    So it could be a mental/emotional concern or (?and) a practical meeting of someone's needs, or facilitating someone else meeting those needs. Or, a fourth, quite different meaning of care could be when it's used in concepts such as "care in the community" "children in care" ..... as a kind of euphemism for "neglect"

    Can I answer the question in one word or phrase? ............. can I heck. Word limits have always been my biggest challenge in uni assignments ;)
     
  11. cynron

    cynron Registered User

    Sep 26, 2005
    429
    east sussex
    Care

    I think to protect, describes caring quite well.

    regards Cynron
     
  12. Norman

    Norman Registered User

    Oct 9, 2003
    4,348
    Birmingham Hades
    Hi Noelphobic
    I see care as giving ,"Love and support"
    Norman
     
  13. connie

    connie Registered User

    Mar 7, 2004
    9,519
    Frinton-on-Sea
    I would have said "supportive love"........just a twist on Norman's words I guess.
     
  14. Lonestray

    Lonestray Registered User

    Aug 3, 2006
    236
    Hereford
    Care

    To care is to give unconditional love in every conceivable way. Padraig
     
  15. Tender Face

    Tender Face Account Closed

    Mar 14, 2006
    5,379
    NW England
    As a professional: Taking responsibility to meet needs

    As someone needing care: Meeting needs (social/physical/psychological/ emotional etc)

    As (emotionally attached) carer: ... Foregoing/relegating or even fulfilling own personal needs (social/emotional etc) through attending to another's or others' needs..... understanding bonding and attachment issues which fuel voluntarily giving 'care' and associated 'care' needs for self...

    (Well, it never said the phrase had to be short?????!!!!!:D )

    Best of luck in this, Noelphobic - so admire you for what you're doing..... sure that was no help at all .....:eek:

    Loadsaluv, Karen, x
     
  16. Libby

    Libby Registered User

    May 20, 2006
    625
    North East
    Looking out for someone who can't look out for themselves.

    Libs
     

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