Caring for the aging is second-nature to Susan Hernandez, Assistant Executive Director for The Peninsula.
Her devotion to the aging caps a quarter-century career of administrative positions in elderly care since arriving in Florida from her hometown of Clifton, N. J.
Graduating from Montclair State University with a B.S. degree in Food and Nutrition, Susan began her career in health care administration soon after moving to South Florida in 1989 where she was Food Services Director at The Manor inHomestead, a nursing home and assisted living facility.
By 2000, she qualified for her administrative license in assisted and nursing care, then served as an assistant executive director at assisted living communities in
Deerfield Beach and Boynton Beach.
Her background and experience brought her to The Peninsula in 2006, while she continued living in Homestead raising two sons and daughter throughout her entire management career in Broward and Palm Beach counties.
“Yes, it’s been a commute,” laughed Susan, who just recently became a proud grandmother after her daughter gave birth to her firstborn.
“Caring for what you do, that is what taking responsibility is all about,” emphasized this veteran administrator in elderly care.
In that regard, Susan believes a healthy diet coupled with daily activity are keys to successful living in later life — “no matter how little it may be,” she advises.
“It’s so very important to combine a nutritious diet with some sort of daily activity,” she explained. “Helping someone become more involved in day-to-day living contributes both to physical and mental health.” That’s why you’ll so often see Susan chatting with residents, encouraging them to take part The Peninsula’s daily schedule of activities while overseeing that The
Peninsula’s menus are always top-notch, too.
“Taking a personal interest in each individual is paramount, no matter what position you may hold,” she concludes. “Caring comes from the heart and soul.”