Can you tell me a little about yourself and how you got into caregiving?
My name is Herminia Herrera. I live in San Jose, and I've been a caregiver since I came to the United States 8 years ago. I became a caregiver for my mother. I treat my clients as my parents.
Who is the first client that comes to your mind?
I worked with a client who passed at the age of 107. I worked with him for four years. He came home from the hospital after a surgery. I started with him from then up to the last day - up to his last breath.
What have you learned from caregiving?
I have learned as a caregiver that you should always be patient, work with a smile, and give it your heart.
What makes you a good caregiver?
People say I'm a great caregiver, but really I am not just a caregiver. I am a licensed certified nursing assistant. With my experience and education, I think I’m very qualified to be a good caregiver.