Councils must help older adults stay in their own home for longer. This is the opinion of housing minister Grant Shapps and communities minister Andrew Stunell, who have called on local councils to take every opportunity to give older people more choice and control over their care under the New Deal for Older People. According to Mr Shapps, councils must learn from the FreeSpace project in the London Borough of Redbridge, in which older homeowners were helped to downsize to rented accommodation that was better suited to their needs. Ministers have claimed that the project is a future model for councils across the country adopting the New Deal for Older People, which provides funding for home adaptations. Mr Shapps commented: "Older people who should be enjoying their homes have watched helplessly as their properties have become prisons, and many have been forced to sell their homes and move into residential care." With an ageing population, the new scheme will also be vital in reducing the burden on care services, as more and more Britons need assistance in daily living. Find the nearest Barchester care home.