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About ARCO

_DSC9156The 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.

ARCO continually strives to:

  • Promote confidence in the sector, ensuring that all members are providing a high quality service to their residents. To this end, all ARCO-registered schemes have to adhere to the standards laid out in ARCO’s Standards and Compliance Framework.
  • Raise awareness of the retirement community model amongst older people and stakeholders alike –  ensuring that all older people are aware of the variety of housing options available to them; and that policy makers fully understand the ways in which this type of housing provision can meet the lifestyle, health and social care needs of our ageing population.
  • Increase the volume and quality of expertise within the sector and share this with members, continually investing in research to better understand and promote the socio-economic value of the housing with care model.

ARCO was formed in September 2012 by its founder members. There are currently 29 ARCO members including both private and not-for-profit providers of housing-with-care. Together they operate around 350 retirement communities, serving over 30,000 older people in the UK. There are also over 60 organisations affiliated to ARCO including ARCO Affiliate Network Subscribers, Premier Partners and members of the ARCO Accelerator Programme.


Mission Statement

ARCO believes that meaningful, long-lasting partnerships and commitments are at the heart of solving the challenge of meeting the housing, care, and support needs of our ageing population. We emphatically believe that older people ought to:

  • Be treated with respect and dignity.
  • Be valued for their contributions to society and to their communities.
  • Have what they need to be happy and healthy, including access to good support, care, and health services.
  • Be enabled and supported to live independently for as long as possible.
  • Be empowered and free to make informed choices.

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