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To remember to breathe. You're not going to be perfect, and any one human being can't keep any other human being alive by sheer willpower - though you'll try. In addition, pick a role and don't beat yourself up if that's the only role you can play. In my situation, with my 88-year-old dad living with me, I'm the practical minder. My two sisters who live across the country are his major morale boosters. So, I'm not always making him happy - but his face always lights up when one of my sisters calls, and I'm totally o.k. with that. My sisters appreciate the work I do, I appreciate the joy they bring him and we all do our part to keep Dad going. I talk about it all at my blog, Life With Father.