A simple question results in discovering so much about a Royal Oaks resident!
Residents at Royal Oaks make it their personal mission to get new residents "in the groove" right away. Whether it's reaching out to you for a meal in one of our dining venues, inviting you to join in a yoga class, or encouraging participation in one or more of our myriad of volunteer activities, Royal Oaks residents embrace new friendships. Sign up for a lecture or class through Learning Tree, our lifelong, on-campus "university" and you'll enrich your mind and grow new friends! Check out our blog to get to know us even better.
We offer four Lifecare contract types: Type A non-refundable, Type A 90% refundable, Type A 50% refundable, and Type B 90% refundable. Fees include a one-time entry fee and a monthly service fee. These fees entitle you to live in your selected home, customized to your likes, and enjoy all the amenities of the community. If you would ever need assisted living, memory care, or long-term complete supportive living, those services are available to all Type A Lifecare residents for no increase in your monthly fee. A Type B Lifecare contract includes a discounted rate for higher levels of care. Your can assist in helping you determine what may be the best contract for your personal situation. Call 623-815-4132 for more information.
Royal Oaks owns and maintains all residences, freeing you from that burden so you can travel, volunteer, work out, visit family, socialize, and enjoy these active years. Your home is uniquely yours when you move to Royal Oaks. Choosing from our wide array of options in our Design Center and adding your own custom and personal touches, you can create a home that reflects your style of comfort and life.
The Illingworth Assisted Living Center, the Friendship House for memory care, and the Care Center for Complete Supportive Living are each available to non-residents on a monthly fee basis. Phone 623-815-4132 for more information. You may also want to download this checklist to use when comparing assisted living centers.
Nutritious and delicious dining. Wellness and fitness programs. Nearly unlimited social programs and activities. Maintenance, housekeeping, and laundry. Transportation to health care providers and shopping.
These services and more contribute to increased longevity for residents at Royal Oaks. People who are socially active, intellectually stimulated, incorporate fitness at a comfortable level, take a proactive approach to wellness, and eat nutritious meals live independently longer.
Our promise to our residents is to help each and every one maintain lifelong independence. We take care of you so you can enjoy living at Royal Oaks. Come here... and have fun!
Royal Oaks Lifecare, a financially sound retirement community, started as a dream of Dr. J. Davis Illingworth and Mr. Roe Walker. In the winter of 1983, Royal Oaks opened its doors. Through the years, Royal Oaks has made improvements, built new structures, and acquired additional land. The 38-acre campus includes 258 Independent Living Apartments, 102 Independent Living Garden Homes, 59 Assisted Living apartments, a 56-suite Memory Care Center and a 57-suite Complete Supportive Living building for gracious long-term-care assistance.
Royal Oaks is home to approximately 600 residents and maintains a strong and stable financial standing. We have a net worth of over $25 million. Royal Oaks is one of only a handful of communities across the nation that has received an "A" rating from Fitch Ratings, a global credit rating agency.
A tremendous tax benefit is provided to seniors when entering a Life Plan Community/CCRC. Since the IRS recognizes campuses like ours as medical facilities, Lifecare residents are allowed to deduct a certain percentage of the Entrance Fee AND Monthly Service Fee as medical deductions. The percentage is substantial for our residents--the Royal Oak representative will be able to elaborate. We encourage incoming residents to get financial advice on how best to take advantage of this benefit, based on your personal situation. This article from Smart Money magazine may be of interest.
Royal Oaks is a non-profit and residents are assured their fees will come back to them during their life stay. These promises are also backed by the People of Faith Foundation, Inc. which holds over $15 million in investment assets. The reserves are set aside to ensure that no resident, who through no fault of their own becomes unable to make their monthly service fee payment, would be asked to leave. This is an astounding promise, and it has been kept for thousands of Royal Oaks' residents for nearly three decades.
A simple question results in discovering so much about a Royal Oaks resident!
Meet Emil. He's planning on moving to Inspirata Pointe, our new neighborhood in development. And he managed the Royal Oaks Softball Team this past session.
Sun City, Arizona is heralded as the place where "hip" seniors live. In fact, the longtime retirement mecca was the country's very first true "active adult" community for recent retirees to play (and play and play) in the sun, amidst the beauty of the desert.
Why do we love our pets so much? Quite simply, it comes down to two words: love and happiness.
Chef Paul and Vicki Ullery (Director of Marketing) gave a bit of the Royal Oaks story to viewers of the popular ABC-15 show Sonoran Living this morning.
Retirement communities are in abundance throughout the U.S. and particularly in Arizona. There is no right or wrong choice among the different kinds, since everyone's needs, desires and interests are different. And as people progress through the aging journey, their wish lists change, too. Retirement communities in Arizona and beyond are often bucketed into three categories. Here's a rundown, and an introduction to a newer kind of retirement option: the Life Plan Community.
When the plan was conceived nearly two years ago to add a new neighborhood to the Royal Oaks campus, now known as Inspirata Pointe, the excitement started, and the project took on a life of its own. We had added buildings and even a cul-de-sac of patio homes in years' past but Inspirata Pointe would be huge and include not only deluxe residential living on the west end of the campus but a new care center on the east end. Where to start?
As the American humorist Will Rogers said, "The older we get, the fewer things seem worth waiting in line for!" Inspirata Pointe at Royal Oaks is one of those things.
If you believe that every day would be brighter with a ukulele, it's worth checking out the Royal Oaks Ukulele Club. This vibrant community of ukesters started with a handful of residents and now numbers 19 (including a harmonica player) who enjoy their weekly sessions.
Open floor plans. Nine-foot ceilings. Large terraces. Upscale cabinetry, quartz, and appliances. Elevated dining. Down-home pub. Casual restaurant. Bocce ball courts. Classrooms. Beautifully landscaped courtyards with water features. A total of 156 deluxe villas and apartments will be built at Inspirata Pointe, along with new amenities to augment what residents at Royal Oaks currently enjoy.
Acclaimed Chef Paul Kennedy is the new Director of Innovation and Culinary Operations at Royal Oaks Retirement Community. He arrived in May from prestigious global positions.
What do our "wellness" professionals do? On the Royal Oaks campus, it's keeping residents and staff motivated to stay active, try new fitness opportunities, eat a sensible diet, get regular check-ups, keep learning, and incorporate spirituality.
John and Karen Shane may have spent more time away from Royal Oaks than they have living here since they became residents in 2011. After their early retirement, their mission was to explore the world, but they realized they needed and wanted a home base. After thoroughly researching options, their cozy apartment at Royal Oaks became their sanctuary when these road warriors needed some down time off the road.
As with any complex construction project, there's a lot of work to be done before dirt even starts moving. You don't just show up on site one day and say "Hey, let's dig a hole here!" and wing the rest of it.
Our Mimosa apartment may not be named after the refreshing brunch drink, but the two do seamlessly blend a clean and contemporary feel with casual elegance. In Apartment 117, open spaces lend this layout its uncanny ability to entertain large or small groups, yet creates intimacy for the ones calling it home every day. Designed without hallways, the Mimosa's 1,204 sq. ft. is nearly always described as "much larger than that!"
"Build it and it will win" and "Cook it and they will come." Those appear to be the mantras that resulted in Royal Oaks winning two prestigious awards recently.
From the time you drive into our lushly landscaped campus, we know you are trying to picture yourself living here. Whether it's your first visit or you've been numerous times to visit friends, our goal is to provide you all the information so you can make the best decision for you. And that starts with your initial phone call into our Marketing office.
If you haven't heard of Zentangle, you are not alone! It was one of the art forms exhibited by Royal Oaks residents at a gala on March 28 that featured 26 Royal Oaks artists.
Dubbed "The Penthouse" by the 14 residents living there, the 3rd floor of The Illingworth Center houses only three unique floor plans and the Laurel apartment is one of them. This floor plan is perfect for couples who like to keep private bedroom spaces and ideal for a single lady or gentleman who likes a little more room to call their own. In fact, one of the bedrooms makes a perfect media area, keeping the living room free for socializing without a TV in sight. And both bathrooms are huge!
More than 180 residents ended up in apartment 360 on the morning of February 12 and there wasn't even free refreshments! Our Apartment of the Future was unveiled and the Computer Club organized 15-minute tours that dazzled residents all morning.
The Sun City Poms is a dance group that were featured nationally yesterday on The Today Show. Ginger Price, a Royal Oaks resident, is a member of the group and was prominently featured in the story.
The most coveted homes at Royal Oaks are those in a prime location, and this Paloverde, #1002, is in a dream locale, across from the main apartment building where much of the action and dining happen.
"Write what you know" is what writers are told when they venture into penning the great American novel. Royal Oaks resident Lyn Griffiths must not have ever heard that advice when, in 2003, she had an idea for a book that has now sent her around the globe to research countries and history of which she had no inkling. She and husband Chris moved to Royal Oaks in 2007, giving her an abundance of free time to research and write books.
Japan, Europe, Panama, Australia, Bermuda, Bahamas, Cuba, Canada, Wine Country, Yosemite and even Antarctica. . . .Royal Oaks residents are travelers! Group cruises, girlfriend trips, RVing, solo adventures, Road Scholar trips-you name it, our residents find a way to hit the road (and the air and the sea). Living at Royal Oaks makes that travel easier!
When a Navy man meets a demonstrator of organs, what happens? They fall in love, get married, build a life, move to France and now live at Royal Oaks!
"Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication" Leonardo da Vinci said it and nothing could be closer to the truth than our Wisteria Apartment #183.
Under a beautiful Arizona evening with stars twinkling above, residents and staff got a little crazy with dancing, ethnic cuisine, Hawaiian dancers, and, most of all, good friends.
Your home has always been a reflection of your personality, hobbies, and passions. At Royal Oaks, your home is no different! Once you've made the decision to call Royal Oaks "home," the fun of customization begins.
The best luxury floor plans combine great functionality with dazzling form - no matter the size. We understand that luxury comes in a wide variety of sizes, styles and layouts (and, perhaps most importantly, budgets). Our Laurel apartment--#3204--may not be Royal Oaks' largest residence, but it is certainly big in character.
Royal Oaks residents get the benefit of many healthcare professionals on campus. Dr. Ashish Sachdeva, Pinnacle Care Internal Medicine, recommends mindful living.
Imagine your life without the headaches and hassle of hiring a roofer, paying the gardener, cleaning up after a storm, hunting down a pool cleaner, dealing with appliance repair, background checking a housekeeper, arranging transportation when you can't drive, and figuring out how to cook and serve nutritious and tasty meals. Whew! Sounds great, doesn't it?
Scientific, evidenced-based instrument rates and recognizes workplace health programs and workforce heart health.
A former lawyer/minster and his wife, a retired Day Care Center Director, have found fun, fellowship, and frivolity in wineries. They are teaching others about their drink of choice and the joy they have found in introducing others to the grape beverage.
Pinnacle Care Internal Medicine has an office at Royal Oaks for the convenience of our residents. We asked them to periodically share information that will benefit residents and future residents. This article on hidden anger is thought provoking.
At Royal Oaks, we're dedicated to creating the retirement community of the future. We've immersed ourselves in investigating which smart devices would be advantageous for our residents, and this fall will be unveiling a fully equipped Smart Home Apartment 360!
When we read this article, it sounded like Dr. Austin lived at Royal Oaks!
Always looking for ways to enhance resident experiences, Royal Oaks' Life Enrichment team now has the ability to transport residents to all corners of the world, allowing them to swim with the dolphins, feed elephants, see the excitement at Wrigley Field, "travel" down the street where they once rode their bicycle as a child, and much, much more. All done through our new Rendever Virtual Reality (VR) headsets.
Those who have achieved success in life are looking for luxuries that reflect their achievements. The Magnolia apartment fulfills those aspirations, with an expansive floor plan to answer the desire for additional living and entertaining space.
Read why residents Ruth Flom and Janice and Dave Daniel chose Mesquite apartments at Royal Oaks.
Do you yearn for no-maintenance-living? In the back of your mind are you wondering what kind of help you will need as you age? There are active adult communities called Lifeplan Communities that could just fit your bill.
For many years, Royal Oaks has been granted an "A" rating from Fitch, attesting to our financial strength, management tenure, and the viability of our buildings and grounds. This month, Fitch re-affirmed our "A" rating. Royal Oaks "A" rating is shared by only a handful of rated CCRCs in the country and the only one west of the Mississippi.
If you have begun researching continuing care retirement communities (CCRCs, also known as life plan communities), you have likely discovered that there are both for-profit (FP) and not-for-profit (NFP) options. Royal Oaks will celebrate its 35-year anniversary this year as one of the west valley's most prominent NFP communities.
Meet the health professionals who help keep Royal Oak residents in fine shape. Pictured here is Dr. Davis, our dermatologist.
The Learning Tree, Royal Oaks' lifelong learning program, agrees with researchers across the country--learning staves off Alzheimer's and other memory diseases. This article, published by My Lifesite, reiterates the benefits of taking a class, joining a book club, or learning how to use that new device.
Talking about being in the right place at the right time. Barry and Cindy, Royal Oaks residents and avid RVers, gained a bit of fame recently.
Everyone--golfers and their supporters--enjoyed a day on the links as the annual Royal Oaks golf tournament was held May 5. The winners of the men's division are pictured here.
On the day after tax filing, it seems appropriate to provide information on deductions that could ease your tax burden in the future. Many people don't know that residents of Lifeplan Communities (CCRCs) like Royal Oaks enjoy a substantial tax benefit.
Take cars, add food, and you have a winning combination! Royal Oaks annual car show was enhanced this year by food trucks, where residents and staff enjoyed lunch outdoors while admiring beautiful hot rods.
On May 15, from 10 am to 1 pm, more than a dozen Royal Oak residents will open their beautifully appointed apartments during the spring Parade of Homes.
Last month, Royal Oaks introduced three new contract types. The popular Type A nonrefundable contract is still available, too.
All our residents are special but not all of them go skydiving! Chuck Behnke, to celebrate his 90th b-day joined two sons, two grandsons, and a granddaughter in jumping out of a plane!
Brigadier General Dave Woellner earned his pilot wings nearly 75 years ago, as the U.S. was training young men during World War II. Now, at the age of 96, he had a burning desire to go back up in the air just one more time.
This story is part of a joint project between myLifeSite and Senior Correspondent where people were asked to report on their senior living decision processes. So far, three Royal Oaks residents have submitted articles and Claudia Rumwell's centers in on "it's never too early."
Allison Kierman with Kierman Law, PLC is a trusted partner of Royal Oaks and offers this advice.
Janice and Dave Daniel's extensive research in locating their "forever home" was featured in an article published by My LifeSite, an on-line publication. Their eight years of research paid off when they found Royal Oaks.
Sun City will soon see about 146 new residences and a new long-term-care center (assisted living) when Royal Oaks, the only Lifeplan (CCRC) community in that area, builds a new neighborhood on land adjacent to the existing campus.
CCRCs like Royal Oaks and other types of retirement communities offer their residents all of the amenities and services needed to allow seniors to care for themselves for as long as possible. But when it comes to CCRCs, they also provide residents with what's referred to as a continuum of care.
If you are considering living at a Life Plan Community (CCRC) like Royal Oaks, should you maintain your Long-Term-Care insurance?
Music, gambling, friendships, smiles, food and more food highlighted the festivities over the holidays at Royal Oaks! See the photos.
This article by Next Avenue (Randy Rieland) gives some fascinating information on how upcoming technology can help those with vision loss.
This afternoon, residents and staff spotted celebrating Christmas with themed apparel jumped in front of the video camera and here's the result!
Clark Spencer, son of Donn and Adrien Spencer, visited over the Thanksgiving weekend and entertained residents with even more knowledge about his work in animated films.
Ken Carlson, the son of Royal Oaks residents Millie and Bob Carlson, was the filmmaker on "Heart of Nuba," a powerful documentary that tells Dr. Tom Catena's story. Ken's visit last week included a mesmerizing look at this war-torn country.
Have you always wanted to learn French? Or maybe you covet computer knowledge? Do you have a burning desire to learn to clog? Travel or films more your style? We have a club for nearly everything, it seems!
The Cameo Club ladies are entertainers who have this one thing in common--they have all been contestants in The Ms Senior Arizona Pageant within the past 25 years. And their fees are all donated to victims of domestic violence.
November 11 is always a special day at Royal Oaks as we salute the dozens of veterans--residents and staff--who have kept our country free.
Since 2014, a dedicated group of Royal Oaks residents have been crafting wooden toys to give to children at Phoenix Children's Hospital, crisis centers, and dozens of other organizations that help less privileged children. What started out as a small project has blossomed into a close-knit group of men and women who gather in our wood shop to make and paint toys of all kinds. The celebration last week was in honor of the 10,000th toy produced.
Years ago, Karen Slater learned about Quilts of Valor and she was so moved she started her own movement using the hobby near and dear to her heart--quilting.
Brad Breeding from My LifeSite suggests you consider these valuable steps you and your family can take to prepare in advance of a health emergency. But perhaps one of the most proactive steps you can take when it comes to pre-crisis planning is to consider if you might want to relocate to a senior living community such as a continuing care retirement community (CCRC, also called a life plan community) like Royal Oaks.
Ken Carlson, the son of Royal Oaks residents Millie and Bob Carlson, is the filmmaker who tells Dr. Catena's story in this powerful documentary. Club Connect members are welcome to attend.
Royal Oaks annual resident Halloween party brought out the dancers, goblins, and some very unique costumes!
Royal Oaks volunteers were celebrated this month with a volunteer reception that included games, speeches, and an emcee that kept everyone laughing.
Our Sun City, Arizona retirement community has had a long commitment to keeping employees fit and well. Our efforts have paid off!
Looking at senior living communities is exciting and this article from "Where You Live Matters" provides excellent information to help you make the most of your initial visit.
Facebook? Yes. Instagram? Yes. Smartphone? Yes (two of them). Alexa? Yes, a new best friend. As a lover of how easy technology makes my life, I hope everyone embraces it, but it's not always so easy to stay current, says Vicki Ullery, Royal Oaks Director of Marketing.
To provide a higher level of resident safety and peace of mind, Royal Oaks has added six Emergency Medical Technicians (EMTs) to the security staff.
Midwestern University's Bright Light, Shining Stars Gala last weekend was a celebration honoring the University's scholarship recipients and business partners.
Royal Oaks has been chosen by Arizona State University to participate in a study funded by the National Science Foundation, involving technology and our residents.
Submit your questions about Medicare, Medicaid and long-term care to Next Avenue and they will provide answers in a future article.
Sun Life Magazine's October issue dedicated to senior living featured a two-page spread about retirement options. Royal Oaks resident Claudia Rumwell said it best "If we can be less stressed as we age, we'll probably be healthier longer."
Raising more than $3600 for hurricane victims was the outcome of a wine and cheese social event organized by Paula and George Berscheid, Royal Oaks residents since 2014 (and wine and cheese connoisseurs).
When was the last time you talked with a military veteran about their service? If you didn't grow up in a military family and don't know many service members or veterans, maybe you've never had a conversation like that. After all, it can feel uncomfortable bringing up a topic that feels both very personal and politically charged. Read this article to see how The Telling Project is bridging this chasm using the power of theater.
According to Next Avenue, it may be possible and here are seven options to explore.
A continuing care retirement community (CCRC) can help couples prepare for the challenges that an unknown future may offer. CCRCs provide a continuum of servicesfrom independent living to nursing-home level health carethat is available if and when needed. If, after moving into a CCRC, one spouse eventually needs a higher level of health care services, the couple can still be together at the retirement community.
We all know regular exercise is beneficial: mentally, physically and emotionally. We also know it can be hard to motivate ourselves sometimes, especially if we are dealing with the pain of osteoarthritis.
Royal Oaks residents and staff joined together September 11 to remember the victims and survivors of that fateful day in 2001.
Hawaiian dancers, lots of luau shirts, food (always), and laughter all around made celebrating Hawaii statehood day a ton of fun for Royal Oaks' residents and staff.
Surprises are never fun and when the excitement of entering your dream continuing care lifecare community comes to a halt because you've waited too long healthwise, your plans could be significantly altered. Plan ahead and enter before health circumstances may mean taking a different approach.
Virginia MacPhail, a Royal Oaks resident, is pictured here with Dina Capek, our Health Services Director. Dina presented Virginia flowers last week in celebration of 28 years at Royal Oaks and Virginia's 100th birthday.
Next Avenue's Richard Eisenberg provides education on what a new report recommends to keep staggering long-term-care costs from putting us in the poorhouse.
Royal Oaks resident Claudia Rumwell and attorney Allison Kierman presented a two-part seminar, "Celebrity Wills Can Be Wacko, but Yours Doesn't Have to Be" to a very appreciative audience.
Plan Your Lifespan is a free resource that prompts older people to plan for predictable problems like falls and to communicate in advance about their preferences on how to handle them.
Food, friends, fun, and of course, dancing highlighted the Independence Day party at Royal Oaks this week.
When you visit model homes, do you envy the decor? Do you think it would be fun to have all new furniture without the hassle of shopping? Would you like to sell your current furniture and start afresh?
Even our rather warm Arizona temps didn't deter little Eddie from visiting Grandma Donna this past week. They found a great 3D puzzle to work on together and it is displayed for all to enjoy.
A daytime sock hop and ice cream social augmented the myriad of other events in June that got residents from all buildings on campus and staff enjoying a mid-day break.
"Bingo" was heard ringing throughout the Care Center activity room today as a group of joyous children beat the heat and tried to beat our residents at a few rousing games of bingo.
Marilee Reetz has lived at Royal Oaks 10 years. She writes about a temporary stay she had in our Care Center. As a Lifeplan Community (CCRC), Royal Oaks is proud to offer independent living, assisted care, memory support, and nursing care on our 40-acre campus.
Premiering this month on HBO is a funny documentary by comedian Carl Reiner.
A provocative article, adapted from the new book Entitlemania by Richard Watts, says parents should ask themselves a key question before leaving children their estate.