In Episode 42, Don and I spoke with Swedish Caregiver, Patrick Berglund, We "met" this angel after he watched our film, My Mom and The Girl, and reached out through social media to tell us how much he enjoyed it. And we have been friends ever since.
I have always been struck by Patrick's dedication to caregiving and the pure joy it gives him. I found it fascinating and beautiful that a young father -- without any family living in a senior facility -- chose to make his living in Elder Care. He definitely falls outside outside the American Caregiver box.
Patrick has been working in elder care for almost 19 years. As he says, "To work with the elderly has been the best job in my life." And, of course, we delved into the moniker - The Singing Nurse - he was recently given by the Swedish Press.
In his spare time, Patrick is a team leader for a women's soccer team. He lives with his wife and two daughters 24 and 17 years old in Sweden in a town called Motala, by the second largest lake Vättern.