Nov 02, 2015 - 12:27 PM
I encountered a similar situation, when I was POA for my elderly cousin. Sometimes facilities have routine orders for residents upon admission. The morphine may have been ordered just in case your mother did have some pain, Morphine is not a drug of choice for arthritis. It may be that someone forgot to order something for her arthritis. I would suggest that you set up meetings with the charge nurse and the doctor. Phone conversations are good, but face to face meetings are most effective. Those meetings are even better if your mother is able to be present, depending upon her condition. When you meet with the nurse, you should not only discuss your mother’s medications but also other aspects of her care, including activity, bathing and diet. You can provide insights about your mother that can help them individualize her care. Your meeting with the doctor will help you get your questions answered about the doctor’s plan of care for your mother. If you still have concerns, does the facility allow another physician to see your mother? I found that once I made contact with the nurses and doctors, they got in contact with me when they were considering changes in my cousin’s plan of care. It also helps if you or other family members can make frequent visits to see your mother and monitor her care.
I wish you and your mother luck in her adjustment to the new facility.