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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

  • Older people’s housing comes of age

      Housing white paper recognises need for serious debate on housing for older people Many older people wish to downsize but face acute shortage of suitable properties Encouraging supply gives older people choice, frees up homes, and eases pressures on mid-life carers and social care services Today’s housing white paper was characterised by incremental improvements. […]

  • ARCO Response to Autumn Statement 2016

    In response to today’s Autumn Statement, Michael Voges, ARCO’s Executive Director, makes the following statement: “We are disappointed by the lack of attention given to older people’s housing and care in today’s Autumn Statement. Between 2014 and 2030, the number of people aged 65 and over is predicted to rise by 38%, and the number of people aged 75 and over […]

  • ARCO Response to BBC One Show report on retirement communities for older people

    BBC1’s The One Show, broadcast on 22 November 2016, addressed the use of event fees in retirement communities, and the need for higher clarity on all forms of fees and charges. Retirement communities combining care, support and housing are a relatively new form of housing for older people in the UK, and are a vital […]