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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 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

  • Show of unity and purpose at Retirement Community sector AGM and Assembly

    18 October 2018 Nick Sanderson, Founder and CEO of Audley Group, re-elected as Chair of ARCO Jane Ashcroft, Chief Executive of Anchor, re-elected as Vice-Chair of ARCO Nick Abbey, re-elected as Chair of ARCO’s Standards Committee Bank Leumi (UK) and Trowers & Hamlins sponsor the annual ARCO member events and showcase their commitment to the Retirement […]

  • Problems identified in CQC’s State of Care report cannot be ignored

    Responding to the publication of the CQC’s State of Care report, Michael Voges, Executive Director of ARCO and Chair of The Care Provider Alliance said: “Today’s report sends a powerful message that the inherent structural problems of our health and social care systems can no longer be ignored. “Social care needs to be seen as […]

  • Government responds to Housing for Older People Inquiry

    The Associated Retirement Community Operators (ARCO), the main body representing the private and not-for-profit older people’s housing-with-care sector in the UK, has issued a statement on the Government’s response to the Housing, Communities and Local Government Select Committee inquiry into Housing for Older People. Executive Director Michael Voges said: “The Retirement Community sector holds the key […]