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10 QUESTIONS


10 Questions with... Grant Livingston


Each issue we ask an industry professional the Tomorrow’s Care 10 Questions. This time, we chatted to Grant Livingston, Founder of Specialised Supported Housing.


Frankl; author and women’s rights campaigner Marie Stopes; and Tank Man, an unidentified man who stood in front of a column of tanks on the morning after the Chinese military had suppressed the Tiananmen Square protests of 1989 by force.


Q7 Q1


HOW DID YOU GET INTO THE CARE INDUSTRY?


Having had an early experience with an immediate family member who suffered from a learning disability, I knew that at some point in my life, when the opportunity allowed, I would try to make a difference. I was fortunately given that opportunity three years ago by the financial liberation a previous career presented. I am proud to be able to support the care industry, building homes which support better outcomes for those that live there. I've also enjoyed the partnerships that we have created with care providers and housing associations, and our flexible approach to this has meant our developments have been fully tailored to our partners' needs.


Q2 - 44 -


WHO, IN ANY OTHER INDUSTRY, DO YOU MOST ADMIRE?


Anyone who challenges the status quo. It's very easy to go with the flow and do something a certain way, because that's the way it has always been done. I admire those that break free from this mould, and try to make things better.


Q3


HOW WOULD YOU IMPROVE THE CARE SECTOR?


Making positive outcomes a larger part of the performance metrics. Ultimately, we should all be looking at the bigger picture when trying to improve the lives of those we support. It is the achievements, quality of life and health and wellbeing of those we support that are important. Where they live, who they live with, what support they receive, and their dignity and respect are all part of this bigger picture.


Q4 Q5 Q6


IF YOU COULD HAVE ANY SUPER POWER FOR A DAY WHAT


WOULD IT BE? To make all plastic biodegradable.


WHAT IS THE BIGGEST CHALLENGE FACING THE CARE


INDUSTRY TODAY? That’s simple- funding.


IF YOU COULD HAVE A DINNER PARTY WITH ANY THREE PEOPLE,


DEAD OR ALIVE WHO WOULD IT BE? Austrian neurologist, psychiatrist and Holocaust survivor Viktor


WHAT IS THE BEST ADVICE YOU COULD GIVE TO SOMEONE NEW


COMING INTO THE CARE PROFESSION? Don’t be afraid to question the perceived norms. We need more people in the care industry to speak up and challenge the ongoing issues that are faced by so many care providers. Something has to change so that the crisis we face can be managed and individuals are able to receive the support and housing they so desperately need.


Q8 Q9


WHAT WOULD YOU LIKE TO SEE IN A FUTURE ISSUE OF


TOMORROW’S CARE? The “real” position of politicians who have influence on the sector.


WHAT DO YOU THINK THE FUTURE HOLDS FOR THE CARE


INDUSTRY? Demographic head winds from an ageing population and improvement in drugs to prolong life. Additionally, the rise in autism rates. All of which will lead to a larger and older population that will require care or support at some point in their lives.


Q10


JAY PATEL, OWNER OF ACACIA CARE, ASKED: CAN YOU SEE


ROBOTS DELIVERING CARE? I think artificial intelligence will play a role in the care sector but I think we are a long way off the removal of actual care workers from a field.


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