The Gaming for
Mutual Learning in Elder Care (GAMLEC) project is about promoting high quality standards in elder care

Relevance of this issue

Population ageing is a trend which began decades ago in Europe and is to be considered a long-term process. As a consequence to these demographic changes, the EU Member States are facing an increasing demand for long-term-care in homes for dependent seniors. Hence, the demand for qualified, skilled professional carers and volunteers increases, while the labour market is tight.

Education and continuous training is needed to keep up with new technologies and healthcare requirements aimed to guarantee the quality of life for the residents of care homes, taking into account the needs of their families, too. The latter often lack the knowledge of how services have to be provided to meet the special needs of dependent old persons. Collaboration and mutual understanding with the care givers is not easy. Resulting from limited resources, care homes have to draw upon a workforce with lower educational level and/or limited language proficiency (immigrants). Also volunteers have often no specific qualification.

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The GAMLEC project intends to provide an easy to access and playful way to acquire and share knowledge and competencies by means of a board game with learning card decks. It will be available free of charge on a publicly accessible e-learning platform that provides all necessary guidelines, instructions, related materials and further information, too. A broader and easy to access knowledge on standards of quality for dependent seniors enables the target group to make a factual contribution in a sector characterised by a lack of professional carers.


The direct target group is constituted by a mix of professional carers, carers with low education level and/or migration background and scarce language proficiency, volunteers in care homes and committed family members of dependent senior citizens.
The indirect target group consists of the dependent senior citizens themselves, benefiting of increased quality of life, as well as care facilities receiving a low cost training tool to provide training when and where it is needed so that they can draw on a better trained workforce and increased mutual understanding between the different stakeholders along with increased and enhanced collaboration of all parties involved.


The aim of the Erasmus+ GAMLEC project is to provide a training measure that:

Promotes high quality standards in the care for the older people

… through mutual understanding, team work, knowledge sharing among co-workers, volunteers and families.

Takes scarcity of resources into consideration

… and is therefore provided directly by the organisations: when, where and what is needed.

Makes learning easy and complex content accessible

… to people with a lower education level and limited language proficiency as well as to target groups with no professional background (volunteers and relatives of the seniors).

Is innovative

A game-based learning approach is chosen focusing on the contributions made by different partners with mutual benefits through sharing best practices in contents and procedures across borders.


To this end the GAMLEC project works
from September 2019 and
until November 2021 on:


Collection a Compendium on Criteria for the Quality of Life of Nursing Home Residents

based on the analysis of the state-of-the-art European and global standards…

Develop a game-based training and learning tool

• makes learning of topics related to standards for quality of life for dependent seniors easy, playful and sustainable,
• is appealing to as many people of the target groups as possible,
• helps increasing mutual understanding of all stakeholders involved in homes for dependent old people,
• designed in a way that eases future development as conditions or context may change.

Design a learning board game

• reflects content-wise the state-of-the-art of standards
for quality of life for dependent seniors
• methodologically based on the educational framework
• the guidelines are written and presented in a way that makes self-driven learning easy and appealing

Create an E-learning platform

 • the doorway to the interested public
• embedded in the project’s website
• including the compendium, didactic material such as the board game with all its parts and templates, the guidelines, the educational framework, related articles and further information
• target-group tailored (user-centred ) and high-quality
• it is flexible and can be easily adapted to different levels of previous knowledge and main interests of players; some may wish to focus more on theoretical inputs, others on practical experiences.
• offering interactivity between players
• available free of charge.

Project results

GAMLEC delivers motivational and inspirational results that promote getting to know each other, playing and building relationships and herewith increasing knowledge while improving communication, mutual understanding and cooperation.
Quality of life in nursing home facilities
To reflect the state-of-the-art in theory and practice the GAMLEC project partners have developed a

Compendium on Criteria for the Quality of Life of Nursing Home Residents

Guiding principles for the Compendium are:
Autonomy: The promotion of the residents’ autonomy in the sense of helping them to help themselves,
Participation: Their participation in the community inside and outside the facility and
Human dignity: A dignified life until the end.

Developed in English and translated into German, Italian, Lithuanian and Dutch:

Based on National Reports
compiled in 4 EU countries:
Germany, Italy, Lithuania and The Netherlands.

A simple, playful and sustainable way of learning
To provide an innovative and easily accessible, cost-effective learning the GAMLEC project partners aim to provide

An innovative and easily accessible, cost-effective learning board game and e-learning platform

It makes the acquisition of knowledge about quality of life standards for older people in need of care simple, playful and sustainable.

The learning content is based on the “Compendium on Criteria for the Quality of Life of Nursing Home Residents”.


The GAMLEC project involves six partner organisations in four European countries.


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