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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

  • Survey reveals older people want to do more exercise but face multiple barriers to active lifestyles

    Research commissioned by the Associated Retirement Community Operators (ARCO) shows 70% of over 65s want to be more active. Research commissioned by the UK trade body for retirement villages and extra care housing has revealed a majority of over 65s want to do more exercise, but face a range of practical and financial barriers. The […]

  • Castleoak completes two retirement living schemes for MHA

    Castleoak, the leading developer and construction partner to the care sector, has delivered two assisted living schemes for national charity MHA as part of an £8.5 million contract. The Maples, in Peterborough, offers 37 one and two bedroom high specification apartments for rent and thirteen care studios. Fitzwarren Court, in Swindon, comprises 33 one and […]

  • Research finds NHS costs cut by a third in charity’s retirement communities

    Care costs are slashed by more than a third and health benefits soar as a result of successfully combining health, social care and housing services for older people, a ground-breaking, three-year study has revealed. The independent research was commissioned by the ExtraCare Charitable Trust, which provides homes for more than 4,400 older people in retirement […]