There 4U Adult Day Care Centre is the first of its kind in the country with a goal of providing a sound, friendly environment for the elderly towards achieving promising peaceful conditions. STAFF WRITER DAVE BAAITSE learns that Batswana are warming up to the usually unheard of service.
The centre, in its first year of existence is defying the notion that the aged do not have a life, its existence is providing an opportunity for senior citizens to age with dignity.
An adult day care centre is typically a non-residential facility that supports the health, nutritional, social and daily living needs of adults in a professionally staffed, group setting.
These facilities provide adults with transitional care and short-term rehabilitation. The majority of centres provide meals, meaningful activities, and general supervision. The care provided is often a social model or a medical model provided in order to improve participants’ health and guide their progress in the right direction.
Founded on the principles of social enterprise, There 4U Adult Care centre provides high quality and personal centred care and support, to the old person, with disabilities and dementia, living in the community. They provide a range of centre based care and support services during daytime to enable the frail and demented elders suffering from moderate or severe level of impairment to maintain their optimal level of functioning, develop their potential and improve their quality of life. This is also to enable them to live in their own homes wherever feasible and possible.
“We exist to ensure that the conditions we provide will foster their physical, mental, social, and spiritual development, we hope to make our day care centre a familiar and friendly place, a home away from home, by getting to know your loved one as you know them,” said Chawa Enyatseng Manager at the centre.
While Enyatseng said that Batswana are welcoming of their initiative, she was quick to point out that they are however not appreciative of the fact that the service came at a fee.
She however encourages families to visit the centre and discuss the service as well as to identify personal interests for the loved ones and their specific needs and therefore tailor the day as far as possible for each person.
Having spent almost half her life as a general nurse and midwife, Enyatseng is the brains behind the centre and she boasts a work experience of almost 17 years and is the first nurse to have done home based care in Gaborone in 1999 and later being the Coordinator of the project until she retired from public service in 2014 to start her project. She has all the experience in the health and social care sectors either professionally (Physiotherapist) or has health care assistants in elderly care.
As part of their mandate at the centre they provide a place of companionship to those who require support and or supervision during the day. They provide a social and engaging environment where stimulation, activity and conversation, appropriate to individual needs, will be available. They welcome older people from across the social and cultural spectrum, with differing physical needs and treat them with dignity and respect.
There 4U exists to provide appropriate, relevant and well structured physical activities that maximise and maintain physical functional levels, enhancing and reducing risks of physical injury. They help those with cognitive problems to maintain their sense of identity and self worth and provide them with a stimulating and supportive environment in which they can flourish. They also provide those who care for older people with physical and cognitive needs, with a safety net and a place of refuge and respite.
Their wide range of services provided by home care trained volunteers at client’s homes includes; blood pressure monitoring, sugar monitoring, supervision of medication if any, educating them about health issues and screening of other diseases. They also provide massage, hair and nail care as well as supervision on client’s diet.
When a client is booked at the centre they have extra social activity services such as craft making, field trips, games and holiday parties. They also provide gardening and music therapy, and relaxation techniques such as massage therapy. Mostly the people who work as home care assists are graduates from Boitekanelo College, who have considerable training on basic home care and nursing care.
Adult day care centres primarily focus on providing care for people with a specific chronic conditions, additionally, these services may be available for any adult with disabilities and also the elderly population. Numerous centres maintain a nurse on-site and devote a room for participants who require their vital signs to be checked and evaluated regularly; or needs other health services nurse during their visit.
At the age of 17, Boniface Lewanika is ready to take over the world. He has shown commitment to being the next big thing to ever emerge from Botswana. Mindset MusiQ, as he is affectionately known, is a self-taught music producer. The story of how Mindset started music production can be traced back to end-to-end lockdowns, which jaded him to the core.
At least, for Mindset MusiQ, these lockdowns were a blessing in disguise. He got to unlock the hidden potential in him, or maybe, the creativity that he never knew about. Being locked down meant that Mindset MusiQ has plenty of time to waste, but he was quick to switch his mindset to coming up with something positive.
He saw it much better to waste time on the internet. Well, for lot of people, the internet was the only saving grace then. But for Mindset MusiQ, it was the beginning of a journey that he intends to walk for the rest of his life.
âI became a music producer because I love music. I then asked myself why I should not make music, thatâs when in 2020 during lockdowns I started watching YouTube tutorials on how to make music. I didnât have any knowledge on how to produce a song. YouTube introduced me to Digital Audio Workstation (DAW) which is a software used for music production.â
The Letlhakane born then downloaded his first software which was Ableton Live, which was way too complex and distorted. âI felt it was too hard to learn and I switched to FI studio which was also complicated but fortunately, easy to use. Because I donât have a good voice to sing, music production became too good to me and very flexible to embark on.â
Mindset MusiQ became part of the Department of Broadcasting Services (DBS) national roadshow, after being picked from the capacity building workshop. He was challenged to speak to the audience, fellow creatives (artists and music producers) and his presentation caught the eye of the adjudicator, DJ Fresh.
âI heard about the artistâs capacity building workshop from my mother, who saw it on Facebook. My father immediately reacted and dropped me off and even though I was late, the host then introduced me and the rest became history. As we speak, I am part of the Top 30, and we will be having the finale on the 11th of February in Gaborone.â
Being on the Top 30 for Mindset MusiQ is a dream come true. This is because he wasnât even told that there will be a boot camp and grand prizes, and he has always wanted to advance his premature music career. He said this has shown that he is on the right track.
âWorking with DJ Fresh is really cool. Itâs not everyone who can be afforded that opportunity and the experience humbles me all the time. Already, I have rocked the Thando remix and I canât wait to do more with his mentorship.â
Mindset MusiQ is currently in South Africa working on cooking more music with industry moguls. He was invited by producer Trey Bankz and some colleagues from Imperial City Music, a new record label in Johannesburg
With zero existence of TV programs empowering women in Botswana, a new show that strives to make that news of the past has just started airing on the tedious BTV. At least, after so many years, All The Star She Is will inspire viewers to see a new change in terms of supporting women in Botswana.
Each incredible series celebrates women but not from all walks of life, but those who are turning heads in the entertainment industry. The show will cast a bright light on women who have conquered tremendous obstacles and weathered the storms.
In an exclusive interview with WeekendLife on Monday, Director of Cosign267 Koone Boikaego said the show reveals the paths that these phenomenal women took to be where they are in the entertainment and media industry.
Cosign267 is a 100% youth owned film and TV Production Company led by Boikaego. It has worked with a number of organization, executing various projects such as filming, shooting, editing and one-on-one couch interviews.
The youthful company recently wrapped up the Department of Broadcasting Services (DBS) three monthsâ national roadshow and boot camp. It was assigned with capturing all moments of the roadshow, alongside Thato DJ Fresh Sikwane.
âCelebrating women is one thing that is often overlooked. We put together this project to take followers into the lives of creative and incredible women. They are determined to break walls and pave way for the next generation of women. In this show, these women serve viewers with factual stories of how they started and what it takes to be at the forefront, the bittersweet experiences that took them that far. Itâs really a show that many young girls can draw inspiration from.â
Breaking down the show plan, Boikaego said airs every Saturday on BTV at 6PM, hosted by One Rabantheng. Rabantheng, famously known as Divine Diva is a media and marketing consultant, legendary radio personality who worked for Duma FM, e-TV and RB2, where she was shown the door for speaking foul of the then President without being aware that the microphone is on.
There are thirteen stars to be featured on the new show, therefore, this means that there will be thirteen episodes. Some of the familiar faces featured on the TV show are: Mpho Sebina, Olorato Ledique, Oratile Kebakile, Nnunu Ramogotsi, Tumi Ramsden, Kelly Ramputswa, Tshepie Olds, Winx Motcher, Mmaphala, Loretta and Nicole Martinez among others.
This past weekend MultiChoice Botswana hosted media and lifestyle enthusiasts in Oodi for an evening of fun, drama and everything in between. The treat dubbed Big Brother Titans Botswana media challenge basically recreated the Big Brother experience right here in Botswana.
Big Brother Titans is the joint South African and Nigerian edition of the Big Brother franchise. The series follows contestants as they live in an isolated house and compete for a cash prize at the end of the show by avoiding being evicted from the house by the viewers.
These viewers vote their favorite housemates to stay on the show. The show features housemates from South Africa and Nigeria. The first season of the show premiered on January 15 2023 on DStv.
DStv Botswana Corporate Affairs Manager, Thembile Legwaila told WeekendLife that they saw it critical to host media friends to experience how it feels by being in the Big Brother house.
âFor the very first time in history of Big Brother, weâve seen the merging of two superpowers, Mzansi and Naija, with the Big Brother Titans season and what a better way to celebrate the monumental season than hosting our media friends.â
Participants were treated to top notch reception complimented by the Oodi sunset which just blew them away. A special shuttle was organized from Gaborone to Oodi, at a farm house that is just incredible in terms of design, aesthetics and ambience.
Of course they were welcomed by soft cocktails and non-alcoholic beverages for those who are not drinkers, and the next booth was an opportunity for housemates to introduce themselves to the man of the house, Biggie. RB2âs new baby Mdu the Party played the role of Biggie, and he nailed the character.
Some of the contestants were asked what they will do with the grand prize of P5000. With my ongoing voluntary movement, #Pad4HER, I needed the cash prize to push the campaign.Â #Pad4HER is a campaign that I started last year with an aim of helping female students from disadvantaged backgrounds to have access to sanitary towels. Anyway, luck was not on my side but my colleague from The Botswana Gazette, Gosego Motsumi emerged as the winner.
We got done with the questions and made way into the house. The party began with more drinks and the first challenge kicked off. For this particular challenge, we were divided into pairs. I was matched with Motsumi and we won the first challenge.
Other housemates asked how we managed but it was simple: we had a strategy before embarking on the challenge. We sat down and debated on what we need to do in order to emerge victorious.
DStv engaged a phenomenal local chef, Rachel Tlagae who served some enchanting, light meal. Its Big Brother Titans so we ought to mind what we eat and also take note of quantities. Chefs also brought some wine to go with the meal and everyone was contented.
THE WINNING CHALLENGE
Housemates were taken through the last challenge: mental ability. This particular challenge needed them to know who they are as well as knowing their fellow housemates. It was one of the simplest challenges yet difficult. This is where I lost lot of points even though I was at the top (after winning the first challenge).
These housemates were all unique in their own way. From the media side was myself, Sharon Mathala, Leungo Mokgwathi, Gosego Motsumi and Nancy Ramokhua. This is a team which did exceptionally well altogether. Motsumi emerged as the winner, followed by Mathala and me on fourth position.
The third position was won by Loungo Pitse from influencerâs side, and he tagged alongside DJ Gouveia, Dato Seiko, Kedi Molosiwa and Gape Makwati.
Legwaila said âWe wanted to have a healthy mix of traditional media (print and radio) as well as social media personalities, artists and content creators in the house. We chose individuals who were characteristically different from each other because variety and diversity is important to us. We of course chose those with outgoing personalities as well as those who are a little more introverted as we wanted the interaction to be authentic and organic. We wanted a solid group of individuals who represented the many different people that make up this beautiful country.â
DSTV IS COOKING SOMETHING
When quizzed if there are plans to have a similar Big Brother Titans Botswana, Legwaila said âMultiChoice Africa is focused on entertaining audiences all over Africa with the current Big Brother franchises; BB Titans, Mzansi and Naija. Though we have no immediate plans to have a Big Brother Botswana in the future, we are continuously looking at ways to entertain our Botswana audience with local content and we are excited for whatâs to come in the next few weeks from our country.â