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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 welcomes new Housing and Planning Minister Brandon Lewis

    Michael Voges, Executive Director of ARCO, said: “We very much look forward to working with Brandon Lewis as he takes over as Minister for Housing and Planning. “He has been given a key role at a time when solving the housing crisis is crucial to ensuring sufficient and suitable homes are built across the UK. […]

  • ARCO and HousingLIN produce new Technical Brief on mixed tenure extra care housing

    ARCO are delighted to announce the publication of our new Technical Brief, Mixed Tenure in Extra Care Housing. This has been produced in association with the Housing Learning and Improvement Network (LIN). The brief can be found here Mixed Tenure in Extra Care Housing and to read HousingLIN’s full press release please follow this link. The Brief […]

  • Tetlow King produces summary of NPPG changes for ARCO

    Leading planning consultants Tetlow King kindly agreed to produce a summary of the recent changes concerning older people’s housing in the NPPG (National Planning Practice Guidance). Overall, these are considerable and potentially very useful, but as always it will depend on their interpretation by inspectors and local planners. Some of the main points to note […]