Brothers, client and caregiver, open up about what fatherhood means to them
Brothers are always close, but Roderick and Robert Mcleod of Philadelphia have a special bond. Roderick has been assisting Robert as a family caregiver for the last six years, five of which have been with Hands From The Heart Home Healthcare Services.
In celebration of Father’s Day, we took some time to talk to the two brothers and ask them about brotherhood, family and fatherhood.
For Roderick, taking care of his brother comes naturally. When asked about the bond they share he said, “he was the first-born in our family and I’m the youngest, we’ve been together our whole lives.”
Not only are Roderick and Robert brothers, but they are fathers as well. Roderick has a son, who recently graduated from Penn State, and Robert has three sons, all of whom have children of their own.
“My son just graduated from Penn State University this year,” Roderick said. “He’s getting his degree in drama and he’s going to be in a production in New York City very soon. I’m very proud of him.”
For the Mcleods, Father’s Day is a time to simply relax and enjoy sharing time with loved ones.
“We don’t need to rent out a room for a party or go out to a big dinner,” Roderick said. “It doesn’t have to be a fancy affair. We just enjoy getting together as family.”
Every year on Father’s Day, Roderick and Robert’s sons visit them and spend the day catching up, sharing family meals and watching sports together.
“One of the things this family absolutely loves is sports,” Roderick said. “I’m a big Dallas Cowboys fan, while the rest of my family loves the Eagles. Divisional games are a little crazy, we all have to watch on seperate televisions!”
Roderick’s love of the Dallas Cowboys has earned him the nickname, “Cowboy,” amongst the staff at Hands From The Heart.
Roderick shared the story of how he got his namesake with us.
“Whenever I visit Hands From The Heart’s office, I would be wearing something related to the Cowboys,” he said. “Pretty soon, one of the ladies there called me ‘Cowboy’ and the name just stuck.”
Roderick told us about how well he and his brother have gotten to know the staff at Hands From The Heart.
“The ladies in the office are always trying to help us,” he said. “They’re always checking up on me and asking if I need anything. You all make us feel like family.”
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Hands From The Heart Home Healthcare Services specializes in providing non-medical home care services to seniors, veterans and individuals who are disabled. Our services help those in need stay active and independent in their homes. We hire family caregivers, just like the Mcleod family, to provide these services to their loved ones in the home.