Definition of care in the community noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary


care in the community

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(in Britain) the policy of taking people out of institutions such as special hospitals for the mentally ill, and letting them live in their own homes with some help from the local social services. Care in the community, which started in the 1980s, has been criticized when some of the people involved have been unable to look after themselves, and when former patients have committed crimes such as murder.

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