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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

  • Research finds NHS costs cut by a third in charity’s retirement communities

    Care costs are slashed by more than a third and health benefits soar as a result of successfully combining health, social care and housing services for older people, a ground-breaking, three-year study has revealed. The independent research was commissioned by the ExtraCare Charitable Trust, which provides homes for more than 4,400 older people in retirement […]

  • Former Cadbury’s chocolate factory to become retirement community

    Bristol-based charity and ARCO member, the St Monica Trust is pleased to announce that planning consent for the £60 million redevelopment of the former Cadbury’s Factory in Keynsham has been obtained from BANES council by Freeman Retirement Living and Taylor Wimpey. The Trust plans to convert the iconic red-brick buildings into a state-of-the art retirement […]

  • New chief executive appointed by ARCO member St Monica Trust

    Bristol-based charity, and ARCO member the St Monica Trust is pleased to announce the appointment of its new Chief Executive, David Williams.