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I am new to this group.  I have just embarked on my first experience caring for my dad through a lung exacerbation flare up which was a 5 day hospital stay and I have had to remain with him when he returned home.  He has severe end stage COPD, a lung infection that was first thought to be cancer then TB which through testing it is not, but another form of a macro bacterium infection and possible congestive heart failure.  He is better but we have some big decisions as to whether he can truly stay by himself.  He lives alone  as I lost my mother 2 yrs ago.  My brother is unable to assist with care, so it is my responsibility.  I feel overwhelmed with the responsibility if knowing exactly how to proceed with keeping him safe and yet letting him remain independent.  Hoping this site might offer some insights.