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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 announces new Chair

    The Associated Retirement Community Operators (ARCO), the trade association representing the leading providers of housing with care have elected a new Chair – Richard Davis from LifeCare Residences. Davis takes up his office with immediate effect, and will lead ARCO in its continued efforts to establish the housing-with-care sector in the UK as a mainstream […]

  • ARCO Responds to the Chancellor’s Budget Announcements

    Responding to the Chancellor’s Budget announcement to extend the Help to Buy scheme, the Executive Director of ARCO (Associated Retirement Community Operators), Michael Voges, said: “The Government’s singular obsession with the plight of first time buyers is missing the obvious point that we also need to do more to cater for the needs of our […]

  • ARCO responds to the National Planning Policy Guidance (NPPG) publication

    Michael Voges, Executive Director of ARCO, responded to the publication of the National Planning Policy Guidance (NPPG). He said: “ARCO welcomes the changes in the NPPG, but whether its cumulative impact will encourage more local authorities to approve specialist housing for older people, and unlock the housing sector as a whole is another matter.” “We […]