The aim of this literature study is to increase awareness and (re-) sensitize nursing professionals to dignified, resource-oriented and ability-oriented geriatric care. Against the backdrop of demographic change and the growing importance both from an ethical and economic point of view, the topic has been examined from the most diverse of perspectives. By comparing salutogenetic and pathogenetic approaches different effects on the quality of life and dignity of the elderly are presented. A further focus of this work is the consideration of resources and skills-oriented aspects in selected nursing models and nursing concepts. The basic ethical and legal conditions for ability-orientated humane geriatric care are co-vered very well by the „charter of the rights of help-destitute and nursing-destitute people“ in Germany, the “fundamentals of care at homes and institutions” in Switzerland and a "patient's charter" and new health and nursing law in Austria. The described nursing models and concepts by Monika Krohwinkel, Barbara Messer, Rüdiger Bauer, Erwin Böhm, Jürgen Georg and others are distinctive oriented in a partly similar but also different way to dignity, resources and abilities. The findings from research into ageing, the neurosciences, and the resulting implications for training in nursing care professionals broadly support this topic. However, in practice, in geriatric care, from the perspective of the author their needs to be a change in thinking, a move away from excessive bureaucracy and exaggerated process-orientation in favor of a (re-) focusing on the core competences of nursing. In order to achieve this, society, politics and leaders in care professions must create appropriate framework conditions.