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beyond caring

Unable or unwilling to devote more time and attention to a particular person or issue. Give him anything he wants in the divorce settlement—I'm just beyond caring anymore. I'm a senior now, so I'm beyond caring about what the catty girls at school say.
See also: beyond, caring

(not) care a hoot

To be concerned about someone or something. Typically used in the negative to convey the opposite. I don't care a hoot about making money, I just want to do something with my life that makes life better for others. I haven't cared a hoot for the show ever since they killed off my favorite character. Do whatever you want, I don't care a hoot.
See also: care, hoot

(not) care a toss

slang To be concerned about someone or something. Typically used in the negative to convey the opposite. Primarily heard in UK. I don't care a toss about making money, I just want to do something with my life that makes life better for others. I haven't cared a toss for the show ever since they killed off my favorite character. Do whatever you want, I don't care a toss.
See also: care, toss

care for (someone or something)

1. To act as a caretaker for someone or something. We need to hire a nurse to care for grandpa when he gets out of the hospital. Judging by the overgrown weeds and broken shutters, no one has been caring for this house.
2. To have a strong feeling of love or affection for someone or something; to cherish someone or something. There is nothing I care for more than my children.
3. To like someone or something. Often used in the negative to mean the opposite. I know you don't care for asparagus, so I made string beans instead.
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care to (do something)

1. To be interested in doing a particular action or activity. Often used in the negative to mean the opposite. No thanks, I don't care to jog today—my legs still hurt from yesterday's trip to the gym.
2. Would you like to (do a particular action or activity)? I'm going out for a jog—care to join me?
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be beyond caring

To be unable or unwilling to devote more time and attention to a particular person or issue. Give him anything he wants in the divorce settlement—I'm just beyond caring anymore. I'm a senior now, so I'm beyond caring about what the catty girls at school say.
See also: beyond, caring

be past caring

To be unable or unwilling to devote more time and attention to a particular person or issue. Give him anything he wants in the divorce settlement—I'm just past caring anymore. Give him anything he wants in the divorce settlement—I'm just past caring anymore.
See also: caring, past

know nothing and care less (about someone or something)

To have very little knowledge and absolutely no concern about someone or something. A: "Don't you have any family who would take you in?" A: "I had a half-brother who lived upstate, but the last time I checked, he knew nothing and cared less about what happens to me."
See also: and, care, know, less, nothing, someone

know little and care less (about someone or something)

To have very little knowledge and absolutely no concern about someone or something. A: "Don't you have any family who would take you in?" A: "I had a half-brother who lived upstate, but the last time I checked, he knew little and cared less about what happens to me."
See also: and, care, know, less, little, someone

(way) past caring

No longer giving any of one's attention, focus, or concern to or about someone or something. A: "Samantha said another awful thing about you today." B: "I'm way past caring, to be honest. She's just looking for attention at this point, and it isn't worth it." I'm past caring what happens to my career at the end of this trial—I just want the whole thing to be over.
See also: caring, past

past caring

Fig. [of someone] beyond caring about someone or something that is hopeless. I don't care what you do! I'm past caring!
See also: caring, past

be beyond/past ˈcaring (about something)

have reached a stage where you no longer care about or are no longer affected by something: She can’t hurt him now because he’s beyond caring about what she says.
See also: beyond, caring, past
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The availability of public assistance funds spurred the transformation of the traditional patterns of caring for aged parents and relatives.
McGibony wrote, "We cannot rely to any great extent on philanthropies or other charitable resources to take up much more of the load in caring for the aged.
Several possible solutions might alleviate the growing need for facilities caring for the aged, according to McGibony.
It is obvious from these accounts written during the 1950s that, while long-term care still had some problems in terms of standardization and regulation, at least those concerned with the care of the elderly and disabled were getting their message out: that it was becoming less and less acceptable to simply park the elderly wherever a bed could be found and call it "caring."
Some unmistakable trends are obvious when one looks at the past 100 years of long-term care--and one pattern stands out above them all: Change has never come easily--or quickly--when this country has addressed housing and caring for its elderly citizens.
Studies have shown that nurses spend a considerable amount of their time in activities other than caring for patients.
What is required is caring enough to reach out with care that is accepted by the patient.
Limiting the utilization of resources in caring for a no-pay (or low-pay) patient will limit the losses incurred in such care.