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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 Responds to Attendance Allowance Consultation (Business Rate Retention Consultation)

    ARCO submitted a response to the DCLG consultation on Business Rates Retention, which closed on 26 September. Our response primarily focused on the proposal to devolve funding for Attendance Allowance to local governments. Click the link below to view the full response. ARCO Response to DCLG Business Rates Retention Consultation – September 2016 – PDF […]

  • ARCO Back Starts At Home Campaign

    The Government is currently reviewing how supported housing, including older people’s housing-with-care schemes, is funded. ARCO is a firm champion of supported housing for older people, and urge the government to ensure that these vital services continue to be funded in the future. We are therefore proud to join the Starts at Home campaign, and Starts at Home Day on 1 […]

  • New Event Fees Seminar – 21 September

    The Law Commission has published a progress report on its review of event fees in retirement properties. This found that, if transparent, event fees can be beneficial to consumers and can help increase the supply of specialist housing. The retirement community sector are now working with the Law Commission to develop a Code of Practice relating to […]