What is a Retirement Community?

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.

To be an ARCO registered Retirement Community under the ARCO Consumer Code, a Retirement Community must:

  • Be primarily for older people.
  • Offer self-contained accommodation that can be occupied with security of tenure.
  • Enable residents to take advantage of personal care that is delivered flexibly, usually by staff based on the premises.
  • Have staff available at the Retirement Community 24-hours a day.
  • Make domestic services available for residents.
  • Make meals available in restaurants or dining areas.
  • Offer communal facilities and encourage an active social programme in the community.
  • Aim to offer people a home for life and to enable them to ‘age in place’.

ARCO’s members use long term business models that go beyond traditional housebuilding, creating operational organisations that provide housing, care, hospitality and wellbeing services for our ageing population.

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.