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Ways to Safe Guard Your Home

CEDAR RAPIDS, IA (CBS 2/FOX 28)--After a tough winter, many homes in the corridor may be in need of some updates or even quick fixes.

That's especially true for seniors and people with disabilities who want live in their own homes instead of a care facility.

When it comes to home modification, nothing should be ignored.

Things like loose carpeting or even floors that are too slick can lead to life threatening injuries, but prevention is as simple as a checklist.

"Just about this time about of the year nine years ago, I started having tremor in my right hand, said John Krumbholz, retired school principal.

John Krumbholz suffers from Parkinsons Disease. His own suffering has made him an advocate for others.

Krumbholz has made it his mission to inform other people with the disease about ways to protect their health and homes.

"Very seldom will you ever hear of anybody dying from Parkinson's disease and when you look into it, they probably didn't die from Parkinson's disease. They might have had some instability in their gait. They might have fallen, he said.

There are companies families can hire to help prevent such accidents, especially after this brutal winter.

"With the ice and the freezing, and thawing it can make some changes on the external areas of the home but also inside, said Renee Riffey, owner of Right At Home Cedar Rapids.

Renee Riffey says most homes in America are not designed to accommodate the needs of people age 65 and older, and that's where she comes in.

"We take a look at you know the walk ways, are they clear from clutter. The railings from the hand rails to go into the home or even within the home and everything such as loose rugs, she said.

She says things hanging out of place and out of reach for the elderly or the disabled should all be adjusted.

As for john, he says he won't let Parkinsons affect his life.

"When you give in to the disease, the disease wins and I'm not willing to do that, he said.

There's also a checklist to use when assessing your home.

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