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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

  • Inaugural ARCO Summit Season Sell-Out Success

    Spread across three events, ARCO’s inaugural Summit Season was a sell-out success with over 300 delegates from across the sector gathering to discuss the exciting opportunities and challenges in developing, operating and selling housing-with-care developments. Held on the 1st, 6th and 14th March at One Housing’s Arlington Conference Centre, each Summit provided a unique opportunity […]

  • Think Tank calls for greater regulation of Retirement Communities

    A report published by The International Longevity Centre has urged the government to introduce specific legislation and an overall regulatory framework for the retirement community sector. Retirement communities, also known as housing-with-care or extra care, are growing in popularity in the UK. Ranging from options for affordable rent to high end luxury developments for sale, […]

  • Future of Supported Housing Funding

    In a statement last week, Marcus Jones, Minister of State for Local Government announced a new funding model for state-funded supported housing, including extra care housing. The announcement follows Theresa May’s statement last week that the Government had dropped plans to apply the LHA cap to housing benefit for state funded supported housing, and signals […]