Associated Retirement Community Operators (ARCO)
ARCO (Associated Retirement Community Operators) is the main body representing housing-with-care providers 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.
There are currently 25 ARCO members, representing more than 250 retirement communities in the UK.
ARCO represents approximately 75 per cent of the housing with care market for older people who buy or part-buy their apartments, and 50 per cent of the total market for housing with care including affordable rent. Housing with care schemes provide homes to people aged 55 and over, who require extra care and whose current homes no longer meet their needs.