Tenderness for Life

Project description

TENDER4LIFE project aims to promote the professional development of low skilled adults working in elderly care settings, by providing them with a complementary and alternative curriculum, based on humanistic approach.

TENDER4LIFE will enable care providers to implement a set of tools to enhance professional qualification of low-level elderly care workers, as well as to increase their competences that can directly influence their self-esteem, leading to higher levels of motivation. Adequate qualification and training leads to better preparation of elderly care workers to deal with contemporary situations. The model to be developed aims to be a mixed training approach between a person-centered approach with a high-quality and technical skills (interpersonal, digital). It will innovate in terms of providing new curricula, work-based learning and practical exercises, instead of the old-fashioned way of theoretical modules, which have been often led to skills and expectations mismatching and thus, job quitting and labor market instability.

Expected outcomes of TENDER4LIFE project

Elderly care worker new job profile and competences tool
The Elderly care worker new job profile and competences tool framework will include key exercises to measure elderly care workers’ performance and skills assessment (with correspondence to behavioural descriptors) to measure its level of proficiency. This will provide care providers key information to manage their care workers and to identify training, support and supervision needs in the process of delivering of more dignified care to older adults.

B-learning Course for Elderly Care Workers
This output comprises of a manual and related learning materials that allows to deliver a blended learning course to promote interpersonal skills related to person-centered ways of care, humanistic approach, ethics of care or relationship-based care. Partners expect that with this training course, elderly care workers can become more aware of caring for older adults in a more dignified ways. Consequently, care providers will be more suitable in contemporary times and adjustable to the challenges faced by an ageing population.

Good practice guide
The good practices guide will be drawn from previous outputs and piloting, and it will contain practical information on how to use assessment tool and training to introduce humanistic care. It will include components and characterise the most effective practices taken from those who more successful to implement after training – those who got to make major changes in older adult.


Anziani e Non Solo (ANS), Italy


Aproximar, Portugal
Omnia, the Joint Authority of Education in Espoo Region, Finland
Habilitas Association, Romania
MEH – Merseyside Expanding Horizons , United Kingdom
CUT – Cyprus University of Technology, Cyprus
European Association for Social Innovation, Romania


01/10/2018 – 31/03/2021 (30 months)

More information at: https://www.tender4life-project.org/

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