10 Questions with... Kev Popat
Each issue we ask an industry professional the Tomorrow’s Care 10 Questions. This issue, we chatted to Kev Popat, Managing Director from Right at Home Solent.
HOW DID YOU GET INTO THE CARE INDUSTRY? Both myself and my business partner Amy, who is also
my wife, have an emotional connection to the care industry. We were both pretty much brought up by our respective grandparents whilst our parents were out working seven days a week. My grandad received care at home, and it wasn’t always a great experience for him or my gran – so that’s something that always stuck with me. Amy and I started looking into various businesses and we just fell in love with the care industry and the ability to change so many lives by just focussing on ‘doing good’.
WHO, IN ANY OTHER INDUSTRY, DO YOU MOST ADMIRE? Bill Gates, especially having watched his documentary on
Netflix. He is such a humble character, and so focussed on helping the world on a grand scale through his foundation. Incredible person and personality.
lot of care tech providers who hadn’t quite thought through their solutions – there were clear gaps in thought processes which meant that their products would not work. I’ve met so many providers of late with incredible products and solutions which will 100% change the face of care – and especially elderly care.
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IF YOU COULD HAVE ANY SUPERPOWER FOR A DAY WHAT WOULD IT BE?
I’d love to be able to learn new skills at record speed. Much like when Keanu Reeves learnt Kung Fu in a few minutes when in The Matrix. What a great idea.
WHAT IS THE BIGGEST CHALLENGE FACING THE CARE INDUSTRY TODAY?
It has to be the skills gap. It’s such a shame that there is such a shortage of CareGivers in our industry.
IF YOU COULD HAVE A DINNER PARTY WITH ANY THREE PEOPLE, DEAD OR ALIVE, WHO WOULD IT BE?
Amy, my wife, as she’s pretty cool; Bill Gates; and Elon Musk.
WHAT IS THE BEST ADVICE YOU COULD GIVE TO SOMEONE NEW COMING INTO THE CARE PROFESSION?
Be the best version of yourself. Don’t try to be someone else.
WHAT WOULD YOU LIKE TO SEE IN A FUTURE ISSUE OF TOMORROW’S CARE?
Good question. I love reading about technology in care and how this could shape our future.
WHAT DO YOU THINK THE FUTURE HOLDS FOR THE CARE INDUSTRY?
It’s exciting. We have no choice but to find ways of providing more care at a higher standard. There are many cool ideas out there and I am sure some of these will come through.
HOW DO YOU THINK THE CARE SECTOR COULD BE IMPROVED?
I think, over the next five years, we will see some great improvements through using technology, both to help with the quality of care and also to help people use their money more efficiently. When we started the business, I met with a
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CHARLES ARMITAGE, CO-FOUNDER AND CEO OF FLORENCE, ASKED: WHAT PRACTICAL STEPS SHOULD
THE INDUSTRY BE TAKING TO BUILD THE REPUTATION OF A CAREER IN SOCIAL CARE? I think that we are starting to see a shift already, and there are positive stories often trending on social media about great things that carers have done. It’s also the responsibility of all care providers to be sharing good news stories on all platforms – and we really need to embrace social media as this is where our current and future audience live.
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