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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’s Inaugural conference – New speakers and final programme announced

    We are pleased to announce new speakers and the full programme for ARCO’s inaugural conference What Next? Shaping the Future of Retirement Communities in the UK. Speakers now confirmed for the day include: Professor Alexandre Kalache, Co-President of the ILC Global Alliance and former head of the WHO Global Programme on Ageing. who will be giving […]

  • ARCO’s Inaugural Conference announced

    ARCO is delighted to announce our inaugural conference, which will be taking place in Central London on 6 July 2016. Under the theme What next? Shaping the future of retirement communities in the UK, the conference will shine a light on the main challenges and opportunities facing the extra care and retirement villages sector today and in the future. With […]

  • 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 […]