care4care: Need for specialists in the care sector facing aging, diversity and satisfaction – 2nd funding phase

This project was a follow-up to the project of the same name , which had been completed in 2020 and, after successful evaluation by the MWK, had resulted in a second funding phase. The aim of the project was to identify – under the participation of all actors involved in the care process – innovative strategies in staff recruitment, staff retention and personnel development in the care sector, especially considering:

  1. The demographic change in light of the personnel situation in the care sector
  2. The diversity of employees and the people in need of care and
  3. The satisfaction of employees and the people in need of care under constantly changing needs and expectations.

While in the first funding phase the focus had been on carrying out extensive data collection and their individual analysis, the focus of the second funding phase was on their holistic view, entanglement and validation as well as the development of practical action concepts and approaches for all actors involved in the supply process. ZAFH care4care focused on the following key aspects:

  • Vocational training
  • Organisational development
  • Remuneration
  • Work design
  • Caregiving from the viewpoint of the elders
  • Representation of interests

The IAW was responsible for the focus on “remuneration”. The approaches to action developed here were meant to follow an approach as holistic as possible, which also takes into account the other conditions of the care system. The results and recommendations for action of the "Remuneration" key aspect as well as the other key aspects of the ZAFH can be found on a platform for transfer to the public and practice, which can be accessed at

[*Centers for applied research (traditionally abbreviated ZAFH) are interdisciplinary, as well as inter-faculty and inter-university research associations. They are funded by the Ministry of Science Baden-Wurttemberg using the Structural Funds of the EU (ERDF) over a period of three to five years.]

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Contact Person:
Dr. Jochen Späth ( +49 7071 9896 14 // E-Mail )


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