Hi, my name is Ayesha Sohan. I live in Vallejo, CA and I've been a caregiver for around four years.
How did you get into caregiving?
I became a caregiver because it was something that I had been doing, basically, my whole life with my family. I tried it out once I became around 18, legally to be able to work and get paid for it. And I work for a woman with IHSS, and I love doing it. I love helping her, I love talking to her, hearing her stories, and being able to just help her with basic needs that I know that I can do on my own every day. This was fulfilling for me as a career.
What advice would you give to a new caregiver?
My advice to a new caregiver would be to be sincere, genuine, and have patience. Each case is different with each home you go to, and you never know what kind of situation you might be stepping into. So you have to be genuine and patient.
Who is one of your most memorable clients?
A client that I'll never forget will be my very first client. She lived in a trailer and she had owned a business of-- I want to say it was like an orphanage, and it was all girls. She would tell me different stories about it every day and just tell me about her life experience, about how she raised girls - five girls - on her own, and now lived in this small trailer with no one to visit her. It was sad, but at the same time, the stories that she told me were pretty amazing. And it just had me interested in more, and wanting to know more about life, and just about the time before me, before I was here, and how people lived before I was here, and experiences they went through. It was interesting to me.