“Frank is a colorful character, well known to Downtown Portlanders, and has
resided at 333 Oak for almost 30 years. Purportedly he once was an assistant
producer in cinema, and is known by name or as “The Mayor” at all his local
One such haunt is a local Starbucks, where Frank can often be found having
lively conversations that can grow quite heated on an old cell phone while
chewing on his signature unlit cigar.
Having reached his ninth decade, Frank began having some physical and cognitive
issues that began to concern Scott
Brumitt, the Oak’s Resident Services Coordinator (RSC).
Historically, always punctual to pay his rent, Frank began to miss his due
dates. At first a reminder from the manager or RSC would suffice, but gradually
it became necessary to physically walk Frank to the bank, lest he forget en
route what his mission was.
Out of concern, Scott filed multiple reports with Adult Protective Services to
help Frank, but his fiercely independent nature would cause him to deny any
problems when an assessment specialist would visit.
SFinally, Frank suffered a couple of falls. While he was relatively uninjured,
the experiences rattled him enough that he began to accept help. Working with
a particularly effective Aging and Disability worker, Scott was able to
schedule a reassessment of Frank’s capabilities. The original decisions were
overturned, and Frank was deemed to meet the criteria for being in need of
Unfortunately a bureaucratic impediment arose. It turned out Frank’s
substantial Veteran’s pension shifted the responsibility to the Veteran’s
Administration to meet any of Frank’s in-home assistance. So the process had
to begin again.
Thankfully, the APS worker Scott connected to Frank was a huge advocate for
him, and went above and beyond their departmental duties to help set up
appointments for Frank & the VA to meet.
Frank was quickly set up with a payee who would pay all of his bills, and
ongoing medical and psychiatric contacts.
Frank’s fears of being forced into a bad assisted living situation were
allayed when he was given a tour of a new Vet’s facility he would have access
to, and assured it would only be when he agreed he could no longer live
Scott then replaced Frank’s rickety cane with a new and much more stable
walker, which makes him much more confident getting around town, so for now at
least, The Mayor will be able to roam Downtown in the way he is accustomed.
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continue to serve people like Frank.