The Opportunity to Do a Rewarding Job

People who work in geriatric care invest their enthusiasm and their energy every day in doing a rewarding job. And they often receive a smile and gratitude in return. No day is like another. The wide range of tasks requires initiative and a lot of drive. Geriatric carers are attentive and specialists in human interaction – the job is never boring.  It has little in common with an office job;  what counts is enthusiasm and compassion, not the university diploma. 

Entering geriatric care from another sector is possible. As a nursing assistant or a dementia assistant you do not need a medical diploma or a nursing qualification. 

Hone your skills

Kursana provides a wide range of further training and qualifications as well as fitness courses at the Kursana-Akademie.

Nursing Assistants

Nursing assistants aid the certified nursing staff. They are there to see that residents are comfortable and responsible for personal patient care. Medical training is not necessary. What is important is that you enjoy working with the elderly and that you are able to take accept responsibility.

  • Helping to dress and  undress and with personal care
  • Helping with meals
  • Activation of residents’ skills and knowledge
  • Helping seniors with the activities of daily living 
  • Close cooperation with all other staff in the facility
  • Participating in organization of events
  • Participating in planning and implementation of occupational activities together with management and social services
  • Participation in decoration of common rooms
  • Documentation of services

  • You enjoy working with seniors 
  • You are sensitive to the needs of seniors
  • You have a talent for organization
  • You are prepared to participated in further training
  • Experience of geriatric care and occupational therapy is an advantage but not a condition


Interns are always welcome. Contact the facility near you. 

Dementia Assistants

Dementia Assistants (in accordance with § 87b SGB XI) carry out non-medical tasks with the objective of providing human contact and warmth. They work specifically with dementia sufferers.

The paragraph regulates employment of additional staff to take care of residents with intensive care needs. The association of statutory health insurances (GKV) has established guidelines to regulate tasks and qualifications.

  • Promotion of movement: accompanying on walks, excursions
  • Individual care and group activities
  • Activities to promote memory
  • Domestic activities e.g. baking
  • Light tasks in the building and the garden
  • Listening to and making music
  • Reading
  • Painting and handicrafts

  • You enjoy working with seniors
  • You are sensitive to the needs of seniors
  • You are observant and empathetic
  • You have good communication skills
  • You have good social skills
  • You have a critical approach
  • You can work in a team

To work as a dementia assistant, you must have completed the following: 

  • A 5-day orientation internship in a care home
  • A course made up of three modules: base course, care internship and further training course totaling at least 160 teaching periods and a two-week internship
  • Annual further training

This qualification is offered by many colleges and training institutes and is subsidized by the federal employment center.