Medic-Cal Help for Depression
My mom is a cancer survivor (brain cancer) and young hip replacement recipient (she is 63). Her depression is a chicken-or-the-egg question for the ages, but her mental health is definitely on the decline since she had her hip replacement. A whole host of other issues have occured, including selling her house, not having her dog because she is in assisted living now, her sister passed away (now my mom is the last living sibling of 5), her best friend has been facing treatment for breast cancer, and she is living in a different town than she has been. There are, obviously, a lot of reasons for her to be depressed.
She is on medicade assistance with a share of cost, is not employable and is on a fixed income. Her savings are very limited.
How do I get her inexpensive or free mental care or find out about her benefits through medicade (her worker won't call me back)? She is already on lexapro and the dose has been increased, but it doesn't seem to help. Her primary care doctor does not seem to care- dismissing her sympotoms as situational depression despite my telling him that the situation has made it worse but that she was in a downward spiral before... even before she broke her hip (in August) She has been on meds for depression for over 10 years. She does not ask for help and is not getting better with drugs alone. She is more and more withdrawn and will not answer her phone or call people back after they call her. Nor will she call her friends. She refuses to walk to her meals at the assisted living place, saying she can't do it and using the wheelchair instead.
Any ideas? She lives in the Sacramento CA area.