The article describes the method of Marte meo as a useful tool for developing the communicative competences of the nursing staff in relation to elderly people who need care and nursing. Video recordings of interactions in everyday life are used as starting point. By focusing on resources in the interaction the nursing staff become conscious of their own competences; the method, furthermore, offers opportunities for developing these competences. The communicative principles of the method as a support of functioning are described in relation to the author’s experience and reflections as a Marte meo supervisor for nursing staff who work in the field of eldercare. Finally the author especially points out the method as a tool for learning and developing as far as communicative competences are concerned.