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About ARCO

ARCO is the main body representing the retirement community sector in the UK. 

What is a Retirement Community?

Retirement Communities combine high quality housing options for older people with tailored support services. They allow residents to rent or own a property and to maintain their privacy and independence, with the reassurance of 24-hour on-site staff, communal facilities, and optional care and support as needed.

Retirement Communities may also be referred to as retirement villages, extra care housing, housing-with-care, assisted living, close care apartments, or independent living settings.

An agenda for growth

Vision 2030

Our vision is to have 250,000 people living in retirement communities by 2030. This will require a persistent focus on 10 key priority areas.

Intelligent use of technology

A clear customer proposition

Effective self-regulation

Enhanced health and wellbeing

Flexible models of tenure

Sustainable funding streams

Sector-specific legislation

Comprehensive and robust data

Clarity in the planning system

A highly trained workforce