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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 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 […]

  • ARCO Responds to Attendance Allowance Consultation (Business Rate Retention Consultation)

    ARCO submitted a response to the DCLG consultation on Business Rates Retention, which closed on 26 September. Our response primarily focused on the proposal to devolve funding for Attendance Allowance to local governments. Click the link below to view the full response. ARCO Response to DCLG Business Rates Retention Consultation – September 2016 – PDF […]