My elderly mother suffers from dementia and is currently being treated at the hospital for a urinary tract infection and low blood pressure. She is receiving antibiotics and fluids intravenously for those conditions and she is improving.
However, she has a history of non-compliance with medications. She is on thyroid and kidney meds which she takes on and off whenever she feels like it. Today, I learned that the doctors at the hospital are planning to put her on psych meds because when they insist that she take her medicine she becomes agitated. I told the doctor that I would get agitated too if he kept insisting that I do something that I didn't want to do. She has been on several different psych meds in the past and has suffered through troublesome side effects like tremors, apathy, suicidal thoughts, anxiety, facial paralysis, restlessness and more.
The doctors are not consulting me or her private physicians regarding the psych medications they plan to prescribe. Can they do this? Is this legal or ethical? Should I consult a lawyer?