Services and support for older people

The Blue Dot Service

If you have difficulty getting your bins to the kerbside to be emptied each week, you may be eligible for Council’s Blue Dot Service

The Blue Dot Service is an assisted waste collection service for people who are unable to take their garbage, recycling or green waste bin to and from the kerbside due to a medical condition, age or disability.

We also offer financial assistance for medical waste disposal for eligible residents who require additional domestic waste services.

Accessing Government funded services and support

If you need some help around the home or think it's time to look into aged care home options, My Aged Care is the gateway to help you. 

Good Neighbour Program

Every neighbourhood has people who may need assistance with basic tasks such as:

  • placing their bins out for collection and bringing them back in each week
  • mowing their nature strip
  • gardening
  • carrying groceries.

We are calling on our residents to be ‘good neighbours’ and offer to help others in the community with some of these tasks.

It takes little time to assist a neighbour and the offer of support can make a big difference to the lives of others.

The first step to being a good neighbour is knowing who they are. It can be a good idea to introduce yourself and let them know you can help them if needed.

Let’s help others and activate a connected neighbourhood.

Read a heart-warming story of good neighbours in Lake Mac. 


Housing options for older people

Before making a decision on your preferred housing choice, the issues to be considered include:

  • What assistance is available to support you in your own home?
  • Why do you want to move?
  • If you move, what is supplied at each development?
  • What are the financial and legal arrangements of each option?
  • What are your personal health and welfare concerns?

Housing options available in the local area are:

  • Help to stay in your own home
  • Independent living units
  • Residential aged care facilities
  • Adaptable housing units within residential developments
  • Manufactured homes in residential parks

The Aged Care Guide is a comprehensive guide to options available in New South Wales.

Liveable Housing Design Guidelines

If you are thinking of building a new home, you should consider the Liveable Housing Design Guidelines. Homes designed and built with these guidelines in mind will be:

  • Easier to enter
  • Safer to move in and around
  • More capable of easy and cost-effective adaptation
  • More responsive to the changing needs and abilities of the people of all ages who live there
Other opportunities

There's a wide range of activities throughout Lake Macquarie, which are suitable for people over 55, including craft and hobby groups, gentle exercise groups, pension and seniors clubs and volunteer opportunities. Our Community Directory contains lists of these activities including links and contact details.