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Welcome to the Associated Retirement Community Operators (ARCO). ARCO represents retirement community providers in the UK.

This website provides information on what it is like to live in a retirement community; what the Association stands for; and the work that the Association is doing to ensure that people in the UK are aware of the variety of housing options available to them.

  • What we do

    The Associated Retirement Community Operators (ARCO) is the main body representing the retirement community sector in the UK. Retirement communities may also be referred to as retirement villages; extra care housing; housing-with-care; assisted living; close care apartments; or independent living.

    Around 65,000 people in the UK currently live in a retirement community, living independently and part of a vibrant community, whilst being able to take advantage of personalised, flexible care on site if needed.

    Learn more about ARCO

  • Find a Retirement Community

    View a map of all ARCO-registered schemes, or search for your nearest retirement community using your postcode.

Latest News

  • ARCO Response to New Secretary of State for Health and Social Care

    The Associated Retirement Community Operators (ARCO), the main body representing the Retirement Community Sector in the UK, has welcomed the appointment of The Rt Hon Matt Hancock as Secretary of State for Health and Social Care.   Executive Director Michael Voges said: “We are hopeful that the new Secretary of State will bring a renewed […]

  • ARCO responds to New Housing Minister

    Responding to the appointment of Kit Malthouse as the new Housing Minister, Michael Voges, the Executive Director of ARCO, the main representative body representing the retirement communities sector in the UK, said:   “We are pleased to welcome Mr Malthouse into his new role. He will be hearing a lot about challenges but there are […]

  • Sector commits to housing 250,000 people in UK Retirement Communities by 2030

    The Retirement Community sector united at the ARCO Annual Conference in backing a positive vision for the future of retirement living, based on delivering high quality housing and care for older people and helping the UK to catch-up with countries around the world where the sector is far more developed. The two-day conference on 4 […]