care

(redirected from Kangaroo care)
Also found in: Dictionary, Thesaurus, Medical, Legal, Wikipedia.

CARE

(Cooperative for Assistance and Relief Everywhere), nonprofit, nonsectarian federation of agencies devoted to channeling relief and self-help materials to needy people in foreign countries. Organized in the United States (1945) to help war-ravaged Europe, CARE soon expanded its program to include developing nations in Asia, Africa, and Latin America. Famous for its "CARE packages" of food and other necessities, CARE in now also involved in population, health care, land management, and small economic activity. It is now an international organization with 10 member countries and headquarters in Brussels.

care

  1. the work involved in supporting people who, because of physical frailty chronic illness or other forms of incapacity and disability, are incapable of leading an autonomous existence.
  2. other kinds of carework, e.g. in child-rearing (see CHILD CARE) and DOMESTIC LABOUR. This should be distinguished from care in sense 1.
Care in sense 1 operates over a wide range of social relations. A clear dividing line can be drawn between formal and informal care (see Abrams, 1978) as it exists in contemporary industrial societies. Formal care refers to services provided by agents of organization (statutory, voluntary and/or private) to people within clearly defined categories of need. Informal care is personally directed towards certain people who have a social relationship with their carer - usually a family member, and most often a spouse (Parker, 1993), or female relative.

Feminist sociologists (see also FEMINISM) have had a major impact on the understanding of care and caring relationships. They have argued that caring is ‘a gendered concept’ and that women constitute the majority of carers both informally, in the private sphere, and as low-paid care workers (‘care assistants’) in the formal sector (Finch and Groves, 1982; Ungerson, 1987; Lewis and Meredith, 1988). Studies of caring have examined the complex reasons why women care and the particular problems and difficulties they face. Social policies involving decarceration and COMMUNITY CARE, the decline of neighbour-hood and COMMUNITY associated with increasing SOCIAL (and geographical) MOBILITY, have placed an increasing burden on individual women carers. There is some evidence that women are reluctant to enter caring relationships with female relatives but lack viable alternatives (Cotterill, 1994). Recent research using data from the 1980 British General Household Survey has also pointed to the significant contribution made by male carers, particularly men who care for their wives (Arber and Gilbert, 1989).

care, custody, and control

Describes a standard exclusion in liability insurance policies. Under this exclusion, the liability insurance does not apply to damage to property in the care or custody of the insured, or to damage to property over which the insured is for any purpose exercising physical control.

CARE

agency devoted to channeling relief to needy people abroad. [Am. Hist.: NCE, 456]

care

in (or into) care Social welfare made the legal responsibility of a local authority by order of a court
References in periodicals archive ?
Leigh has gone on to run Kangaroo Care UK, a social enterprise business to educate parents and health care professionals about the benefits of prolonged skin-to-skin contact.
The impact of kangaroo care on temperature, heart rate, sleep-wake cycle, and oxygenation, and pain reduction is being universally studied.
When I was 7, I did a video for parents, interviewing doctors who explained kangaroo care.
Feldman (2004) discusses long-term benefits of kangaroo care with improved self-regulation skills, more restful sleep cycles, longer quiet-alert periods conducive to attachment and learning, faster growth rates, and earlier hospital discharge.
These include oral sucrose, kangaroo care, giving breast milk, breast-feeding, clothing, skin touch, swinging, swaddling, giving pacifier, hugging, massage, positioning, music and arrangement of the environment.
Dubai - The Dubai Health Authority (DHA) on Thursday highlighted the importance of the technique of kangaroo care, which is one of the most promising ways to save preterm and low birth weight babies.
Pioneered in Bogota, Colombia, in the late 1970s, kangaroo care has become a widely used treatment for pre-term babies in neonatal units in the United States.
Now it's kangaroo care (skin-to-skin contact with a parent for up to several hours a day).
We want the parents to have every chance to develop the relationship with their baby early on, to have kangaroo care or, if the babies aren't strong enough yet, to have the opportunity to touch their baby, to speak to them - even if they're on a ventilator.
But she was doing really well and I was able to do kangaroo care, where she would lie on my chest.
In the control group, only the mother provided kangaroo care while the father did not hold his premature baby as indicated by the kangaroo position adherence survey.