Our Policy Agenda

How Integrated Retirement Communities can help tackle key UK policy issues

Integrated Retirement Communities span a number of key policy issues in the UK, helping to tackle the housing crisis, fix social care funding shortages, improve health, and reduce loneliness.

ARCO’s policy work is therefore wide-ranging and seeks to form links between what can sometimes be separate areas of focus. It leads us to engage closely with numerous Government departments and lobby for policy solutions that cut across traditional boundaries.

Below we outline the four main policy areas which Integrated Retirement Communities are geared around - housing, social care, healthcare, and social connection – and how Integrated Retirement Communities help to solve the key challenges for each.


Here is a brief summary of the main policy areas that are covered:


Integrated Retirement Communities:

  • Free up housing for all generations on the general market
  • Make housing more affordable for older people through the option to defer fees
  • Are built using less space than family homes, ensuring greater efficiency  


Integrated Retirement Communities:

  • Ensure a high quality of care is provided for older people
  • Reduce anxiety and depression, and improve happiness and wellbeing
  • Make big savings in care costs for those with low-level and high-level needs


Integrated Retirement Communities:

  • Dramatically reduce GP, nurse, and hospital visits
  • Decrease health risks like failing, and improve memory and cognitive strength
  • Help older people live more active, healthier lives


Integrated Retirement Communities:

  • Bring owners and residents together through communal areas and activities
  • Attract people of all ages from the wider community
  • Help reduce loneliness and social isolation