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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 retirement community sector 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.

    Over 20,000 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 Consumer Code Launch Event at House of Lords

    On Monday 2nd November ARCO was pleased to launch our new Consumer Code at the House of Lords. The event was well-attended by over 120 stakeholders from the sector, Members of Parliament, Members of the House of Lords, representatives from ARCO member organisations, and residents from a number of retirement communities. Guests enjoyed a delicious […]

  • New Consumer Code launched to bolster downsizers’ confidence in moving to retirement communities

      New Consumer Code launched to set standards for housing-with-care sector Code supported by robust compliance framework including independent assessments Key focus on clarity and transparency for consumers, providing consistency in a growing sector ARCO (the Associated Retirement Community Operators) today launched a new Consumer Code to provide a benchmark for good practice within the […]

  • Law Commission consultation on the use of event fees published

    Today the Law Commission for England and Wales published a consultation document on the use of event fees in residential leases. Event fees are used by many housing-with-care operators to fund developments, reduce service charges or provide certainty to residents. Michael Voges, Executive Director of ARCO, said: “We agree with the Law Commission’s call for […]