ABOUT THIS BLOGThis is a weblog by Annie Cholakian, founder of Silver Moon Bay and silvermoonbay.com. It is about hospital stays, healing advice, tips for looking and feeling your best while recovering from whatever, care giving, home care tips, and more!

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

How To Live With A Mentally Ill Person And Thrive

Do you live with a mentally ill relative? According to #NAMI, (National Alliaance For The Mentally Ill), the percentage of people over the age of 18 with a diagnosed mental illness is about 26  percent of the population. If you, or someone you know, lives with a relative or spouse who suffers from mental illness, there is an upcoming lecture series sponsored by NAMI of the San Gabriel Valley. 
Don't worry if you don't live anywhere near the San Gabriel Valley, because this lecture series will be available on Youtube. Check out the flyer below which was forwarded to me by Daniel's Place in Santa Monica, Ca, and  was sent to them by:E-mail:sgvnami@pacificclinics.org

San Gabriel Valley – NAMI Office
2550 E. Foothill Blvd. #135
Pasadena, CA 91107San Gabriel Valley NAMI Lecture Series Contact email
Phone: 626.577.6697  
Fax: 626. 577.0381

Subject: "How to Survive and Thrive with a Mentally Ill" Relative Begins September 15th!

How to Survive and Thrive 
with a
Mentally Ill Relative

Seven Weekly Lectures 
by Michael Di Paolo, Ph.D

Beginning September 15th in Pasadena
Free Lecture Series
Tuesday evenings from 7:00 to 9:00 PM
(Arrive by 6:45 to get handouts and be seated.)

Wilson Auditorium
2471 E. Walnut 
Pasadena, CA

Sept. 15th:  "Inside the World of Bipolar Disorder"

Sept. 22nd:  "Balancing Bipolar-Four Pillars of Treatment"  

Sept. 29th: "Inside the Darkness of Depression" 

Oct. 6th: "Inside the 'Beautiful Mind' of Schizophrenia"

Oct. 13th: "Recovery with Schizophrenia" 

Oct. 20th: "Understanding Trauma and PTSD"

Oct. 27th:  
 "The Family As Ally-Helpful Roles and Strategies"
NAMI San Gabriel Valley is located at 2550 E. Foothill Blvd. 
Pasadena, CA 91107

Sunday, August 16, 2015

What To Wear If You Can't Lift Your Arms Over Your Head

One of my friends recently had shoulder surgery which is usually extremely painful, and couldn't lift her arm over her head to dress herself. The only way it didn't cause her extreme pain, was to keep it flat by her side. Another friend of mine had back surgery and had the same problem for weeks after.
So what did they wear?
They both wore Silver Moon Bay I.V. sleeve hospital patient gowns with snap open sleeves so that they didn't have to lift their arms over head.. These gowns snap at the back neck also for ease of caregiver dressing. Check these out 
#backsurgery #shouldersurgery #snapsleevehospitalgown 

Monday, June 15, 2015

Why Give A Stylish, Comfortable Hospital Gown For Fathers Day?

If you know a man who needs to wear a back opening garment, or a garment that needs to be able to open at the shoulder seams, (shoulder surgery for example), A stylish, patient gown might be just the thing! He won't have to feel uncomfortable in front of visitors, or depressed about the way he looks. Check out these men's hospital gowns from: Buck and Buck Designs :http://www.buckandbuck.com/mens-clothing/sleepwear-and-robes/nightshirts.html
or from Fashionhospitalgowns on Etsy: /www.etsy.com/listing/235510929/camo-and-john-deere-tractor-print-cotton?ref=shop_home_active_1
or, Check out these from Silver Moon Bay, "patient wear that cares". They are 30% Off for Fathers Day and they look like a big T-Shirt with a pocket. Some have snap shoulder I.V. sleeves. Choose Fathers Day when asked if you want gift wrapat checkout, to have your gown come as pictured below, in a reusable cotton muslin bag tied with colorful raffia ribbon.

"It's the gift that means so much more than just flowers!"

Sunday, June 14, 2015

Assisted Living Facility, or Board and Care? Who Wants to Make That Choice?

Following along with the course of my mother's experience with a broken back from a fall out of bed, she first went to a hospital for four days, then was released to a rehab for about five weeks, and then it was time for discharge. Where to put her?
I really couldn't ask her, because her dementia had worsened with her fall and she had no idea where she was, had been, or even that she had a broken back. So....I had to make that decision. It was anguishing!
We had both been happy with the Atria Hacienda, Palm Desert, where she had been living, but she is wearing a back brace now when she sits up, and has trouble getting up, and in general just needs more help. So..... I decided on a board and care called Palm Desert Senior Living which has also turned out to be very good for her. I was dreading that she wouldn't like it.
For those of you who are trying to decide, there are agents who can help you find the right place whether it be an assisted living facility, (perhaps with a memory care area), or a board and care. He doctor suggested one agent, and a friend of mine knew of another which she recommended. Here is my mother up and about at her doctor's office, still wearing on of our Silver Moon Bay I.V. sleeve, back opening hospital gowns, be It's just so much easier to dress her in this back opening style. It looks cute, feels soft, and she sure gets a lot of compliments!

Monday, May 11, 2015

Lucy The Dog Revisits the author's Mother on Mothers Day

Yesterday was Mothers Day and I am grateful to post that my mother is still alive and nearby. True, she has dementia and a broken 2nd lumbar vertebrae, but she is definitely improving and her pain is mostly gone. Lucy, the dog, is fourteen years old now. She has arthritis and cataracts. Dementia? I don't think so, but not really sure. Here is yet another picture of the two of them together at #RanchoMirageHealthCenterRehab.
My mother, Charlotte is looking opening a gift. Lucy seems to be quite comfortable. A happy day was had by all.

Friday, May 1, 2015

Pets Provide Comfort And Joy In A Skilled Nursing Rehab

Being in a hospital or skilled  nursing rehab can be anxiety provoking, painful, and depressing. Recently some facilities have started letting not only visiting "professional" dogs visit  patients, but are also allowing patients to have their own pets visit them if they are in a private room and keep the door shut. I was surprised and happy to discover this when my mother, who recently fell and broke her back was allowed to have a visit with our dog, Lucy . Featured in the photo are Lucy, (with her furry back facing the camera), Charlotte, in the bed, and my son, William giving his grandmother a swig of his Power Aid. Having Lucy to touch and cuddle with her was the best medicine she has been given since her fall, and Lucy seems to have enjoyed it too! Thank you, Rancho Mirage Health Center and Rehab.

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Some Great Mothers Day Hospital Patient Gowns From Silver Moon Bay

Mothers Day is upon us and what better gift for a mother who is in a hospital, home care, or facility situation, than a cute, new, personal hospital gown to make her feel pretty and comfy too? Right now they are offering a 10% Mothers Day discount coupon. all you have to do is go to their home page by following the link below, and sign up to receive coupons. A coupon code will be emailed to you within two days. Oh!, did I mention that the gowns stay closed in the back when the patient stands up? Check these out at: www.silvermoonbay.com.