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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

  • New chief executive appointed by ARCO member St Monica Trust

    Bristol-based charity, and ARCO member the St Monica Trust is pleased to announce the appointment of its new Chief Executive, David Williams.

  • Investing in retirement communities – free seminar series

    In association with¬†   About ARCO ARCO (the Associated Retirement Community Operators) is the trade association for housing-with care-providers in the UK (incorporating retirement villages, extra care, assisted living, retirement communities, assisted living developments etc). We represent approx. 50% of the sector via our 24 members that include the main operators in the sector. ARCO […]

  • Research reveals strong local demand for housing-with-care schemes

    Carterwood, the specialist chartered surveying practice, who operate exclusively within the long-term healthcare sector, have published a new report in conjunction with ARCO (Associated Retirement Community Operators) and its members to determine patterns of those moving, retiring and downsizing into extra care housing. The research involved information from over 3,800 residents on the distances between […]