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Care in a home environment with the start of Berglunda


Berglunda was originally built as a private residence and was completed in 1907, but by 1925 it was already beginning its role as a care facility.

tidningsbild Berglund svartvitIt was at this time that medic Arvid Gottfrid Johansson and his wife Sofia Alida Terisa, a psychiatric nurse, started a care home here.

After another change in ownership, the business was taken over in 1942 by a couple named Bokstedt, with wife, Margaretha eventually running Berglunda by herself after the death of her husband. Later she passed the business on to a Mr Anglefalk. The building was home to 19 residents who received care. It was staffed by two nursing assistants, and two kitchen assistants with “two ladies from the village” taking over at night. The charge for care was between 11 and 15 Swedish kronor per night and the care provided was supervised by provincial doctor Oscar Almbladh from Eksjö.

In 1971 Berglunda was sold to a couple named Maj-Britt and Bengt Adolfsson. Their daughter Britt-Marie Andersson worked in a bank, but also helped out right from the start with the finances at Berglunda, which had room for twelve residents.

“Berglunda was a home for people with mild mental health disorders, who had previously received treatment at the Ryhov Hospital in Jönköping,” she says.

In those days only the facility’s current main building was in existence. However, fire safety requirements meant that the top floor could not be used. Instead, the building was extended at ground floor level to provide room for a total of 40 residents. After some time, a group home was also built. Today Berglunda has a total of 47 places for residents, divided among four units.

For residents coming from the large Ryhov Hospital, Berglunda provided a much more home-like environment and the feeling of everyone being close is one that Britt-Marie remembers well. She took over Berglunda with her husband in the 1990s.

“Part of private ownership is about being like one big family,” says Britt-Marie.

On Christmas Eve, for example, the couple celebrated first with the staff and residents with presents at Berglunda before going home to celebrate with their own children. Even though the surroundings were familiar to her, Britt-Marie was aware that Berglunda was “home” to those who lived there, while she saw herself as a visitor who was called in to help out.

After some years, Berglunda was sold, leaving the Anderssons free to concentrate their efforts on another nursing home in southern Sweden that they owned. Britt-Marie says that running care homes is a lifestyle, even if it is sometimes tough, involving a lot of hard work and only brief holidays.

“But we did get a great deal in return in the form of love from the residents and staff.”

Today Berglunda is part of Nytida and is run as an HVB home/assisted-living accommodation and activity centre.

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