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Welcome

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

  • Future of “world leading” Retirement Communities secured by announcement

      Responding to the Government’s decision not to introduce a “sheltered rent” or a cap on service charges in extra care schemes, Michael Voges Executive Director of the Associated Retirement Community Operators said: “This is good news for the tens of thousands of older people who want to move to Retirement Communities and benefit from […]

  • ARCO Response to Revised National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF)

    The Associated Retirement Community Operators (ARCO), the main body representing the Retirement Community Sector in the UK, has responded to the latest National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF). Executive Director Michael Voges said: “The NPPF is right to recognise the need for a sufficient supply of housing for older people, especially for those seeking specialised housing […]

  • 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 […]