Hello and Welcome,
You have a valid question. Given what you have stated I see no reason for the Morphine to be ordered.
Atropine is often ordered to dry up secretions. It may help reduce extra saliva and thus avoid choking.
Lorazapam is used for anxiety and sometimes as a muscle relaxer. Is your mom anxious - or is it possible that they want to reduce her anxiety when swallowing? Caution should be taken as it can also reduce one's gag reflex.
Whatever the reasons for these new meds - you need to ask the rationale. Your parents are fortunate to have you overseeing things - and intervening if necessary.
Please let us know what you find out. I'll be interested to hear the theory behind the medications. Bless you.
Bless you in your journey with your mother. I just buried my best friend My Dad two days ago from Advanced Parkinson. At present i am being treated with drugs just to get through this deep grief. My heart goes out to you. Its the family caretaker that falls apart afterward and i encourage all of you to become more aware of the effects of the aftermath and the intense pain and anguish of those who lovinly cared for them . God Bless You My Daddy and God Bless you on your journey.
It is very common to have a "comfort pack" placed in the home on admission to hospice. Morphine, Lorazepam, and atropine are the basis of most comfort packs. As a hospice nurse I want these medications in the home so that in urgent situations they are there and available. It never fails that the times I need those meds the most are during the times it is hardest to get them (after hours, weekends, etc.) Better to have the meds there and not need them than to need them and not have them!