AMERICAN Pickers alum Frank Fritz has had a new wheelchair ramp built for his $155,000 Iowa farmhouse after he returned home from rehab.
Frank, 59, was hospitalized for a stroke on July 14 and recovered in a nursing facility before returning to his Iowa home.
Coleman-RaynerFrank Fritz is recovering from a stroke he suffered in July[/caption]
The US SunA wheelchair ramp has been added around the back of his farmhouse[/caption]
The US SunFrank returned to his $155K Iowa farmhouse following rehabilitation[/caption]
The U.S. Sun can exclusively reveal new photos of Frank’s property that show a wheelchair ramp has been built for the star.
In the photos obtained by The U.S. Sun, a wheelchair ramp could be seen around the back of the Le Claire, Iowa house.
Frank bought his Iowa farmhouse for $130,000 back on May 14, 2010.
The 1,660 square-foot farmhouse sits on .79 acres of land and features two bedrooms and one bathroom.
The home also boasts a basement, three garages, barn and shed.
Then in 2013, Frank purchased the adjoining property for $25,000 on .34 acres of land.
Frank also built a 3,240-square-foot warehouse in 2015 on the property that holds around 90 of the collector’s classic motorcycles and other toys he has purchased over the years.
Frank’s friends filed an emergency appointment of temporary guardian and conservator for the star on August 18, claiming his “decision-making capacity is so impaired.”
According to court papers, the wheelchair ramp isn’t the only change made to the home, as his Iowa farmhouse must have “ramps” and “handles” for the shower and toilet by the time of his discharge.
The documents obtained by The U.S. Sun read: “Because of his stroke, Mr. Fritz’s decision-making capacity is so impaired that he is unable to care for his own safety, or to provide for necessities such as food, shelter, clothing, or medical care without which physical injury or illness may occur.
“Mr. Fritz’s decisionmaking capacity is so impaired that he is unable to make, communicate, or carry out important decisions concerning his own financial affairs.”
An exhibit was mentioned in the court papers from a doctor, confirming Frank “does not have decisional capacity.”
The legal papers continued: “Decisions must be made for Mr. Fritz’s care and placement while he continues to recover and receive treatment for his injuries.
“Appointment of a guardian and conservator is necessary to avoid immediate harm to him.”
The Petitioner requested a separate “longtime friend” of Frank’s, who “has been assisting him in decision-making since the stroke,” be his guardian.
MidWestOne Bank is the conservator to handle Frank’s financial affairs.
The guardian will help Frank with his Crohn’s disease treatment and continued physical therapy.
He will also help the former American Pickers star grocery shop, cook and “get Frank to any activity he feels up to.”
MidWestOne Bank filed an Initial Plan that revealed Frank’s monthly expenses.
Frank spends $28,292 monthly on expenses, including $22,832 on “in-home health care.”
The health care alone will cost $273,984 yearly for the star.
Frank last appeared on American Pickers during a March 2020 episode, as he took time off to recover from back surgery, which left him with 185 stitches and two rods in his spine.
During his time off the show, Frank lost 65 pounds.
He also told The U.S. Sun that he entered rehab for alcohol addiction in Iowa for 77 days.
Frank revealed his feud with co-star Mike during the 2021 interview with The U.S. Sun.
Frank said: “I haven’t talked to Mike in two years. He knew my back was messed up, but he didn’t call me up and ask how I was doing. That’s just how it is.
“The show is tilted towards him 1,000 percent. I can’t even bend that far down to show you how much.
“That’s fine. It’s like you’ve got Aerosmith and there’s Steven Tyler and he’s the frontman. I found my spot, I’m second and he’s number one on the show. That’s no problem with me, maybe he does have a problem.”
He even admitted: “I think Mike wants to get his brother Robbie in there to replace me. I don’t know why he’s behaving like that towards me.”
American Pickers returned on Wednesday, January 4 after being off the air since September.
Mike denied a feud and even gave hope that the fan-favorite star could return to the show after suffering the debilitating stroke.
While visiting Washington, DC in December, Mike was asked by Capital Paparazzi if he would be willing to make amends with Frank.
Mike said: “Frank and I are friends, he was just at my brother’s graduation for his kids right before he got his stroke.
“If anybody’s thinking about Frank, they should be praying for him.”
A+E NetworksMike’s brother Robbie replaced Frank on the show[/caption]
History ChannelMike said there is ‘hope’ Frank could return to the series[/caption]