Plans were unveiled by the Prime Minister to help the older population with their housing needs. This plan will help the older population benefit by receiving more comfortable housing, as well as more secure living arrangements. This will be accomplished by newer guidelines set for this specific purpose.These new guidelines, which are a first to be outlined in the housing strategy anywhere in the world, have a goal to create housing that is “age-friendly.” Under these guidelines, it will be possible for residents to stay in their own houses as long as possible, enabling them to be nearer their friends and family.This new plan is to be in effect by the year 2013. Under the plan, new housing standards will be set. These will include wider doorways that will allow easier access for those residents who use a wheelchair. It will also allow for electrical sockets to be installed at convenient heights. The new plan aims at making it easier for senior citizens and the disabled to live a more comfortable and easier life while remaining in their own homes.For many elderly and disabled persons, the benefits of using handymen allow them to stay in their homes. Handymen can come in and help around the home, by doing small repairs or odd jobs, or by performing general maintenance. According to the Prime Minister, this service will actually expand due to the increased funding towards handymen.These plans are already in use and have benefited many people already. The Prime Minister met with some of those senior citizens who have already taken advantage of adapting their homes for an easier life. He met with them at a breakfast reception in Downing Street.The main goal, according to Mr. Brown, is to keep homes safe. That way, an elderly person’s home will be a familiar haven to them, rather than an “obstacle course” that needs to be taken care of every day. Using this strategy will go hand in hand with the current Government’s commitment to their people. This commitment is to give their residents “more influence over their own lives as they grow older.””This strategy sets out a package of measures that will enable more older people to live in high quality, warm environments that are suited to their needs – homes that help to make life easier, and to turn the challenges of aging into opportunities,” according to Mr. Brown.Communities Secretary Hazel Blears will be available to talk about the new plans that are in development. She will also be available to talk about other aspects and plans of the work that she does.Secretary Hazel Blears handles many responsibilities in her job. These include the creation of communities that are both inclusive and safe, as well as helping the residents of the community have a much bigger say on issues concerning things happening locally. She also is in charge of the development of bigger and better houses in the neighborhood for everyone, and especially for vulnerable groups such as the elderly population.