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10015 W. Royal Oak Road
Sun City, Arizona 85351

Our Community

A Community with Friends

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!


Contact Us

Main Phone

Royal Oaks Lifecare Community
10015 W. Royal Oak Rd.
Sun City, AZ 85351

To inquire about making Royal Oaks your home:

Marketing Department
[email protected]

To inquire about career opportunities:

Human Resources
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About Us

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.

Blog Post Archive

Comparing Royal Oaks to the Other Kinds of Retirement Communities in Arizona

Posted: 10/7/2019

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.

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It takes a Village – and even some Vikings – to Design and Build a Neighborhood

Posted: 10/7/2019

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?

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365 Days a Year of Awesome. We're talking Royal Oaks, and soon, Inspirata Pointe

Posted: 8/15/2019

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.

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"It's the Lifestyle" -- especially for this adventurous twosome

Posted: 7/12/2019

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.

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A View From Inspirata Pointe

Posted: 6/15/2019

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.

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117 Mimosa Way: A refreshing residence built for fun

Posted: 6/5/2019

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!"

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What to expect when you visit Royal Oaks

Posted: 5/17/2019

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.

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You, too, can live in the Royal Oaks Penthouse!

Posted: 4/18/2019

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!

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A 7,579-mile trip to the Hong Kong Public Library—there's got to be a story there!

Posted: 1/11/2019

"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.

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Making a Luxurious Home in the Laurel Apartment at Royal Oaks

Posted: 10/25/2018

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.

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What's Included in a Monthly Service Package?

Posted: 10/8/2018

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?

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"Winers" Find Common Ground at Royal Oaks

Posted: 9/19/2018

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.

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Our on-site physicians talk about dealing with anger

Posted: 9/12/2018

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.

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Royal Oaks residents swim with dolphins, travel with elephants, and visit Wrigley Field--through Virtual Reality

Posted: 8/31/2018

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.

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Fitch Affirms "A" Rating for Royal Oaks Retirement Community

Posted: 8/12/2018

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.

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For-Profit or Not-for-Profit CCRCs- What's the Difference?

Posted: 7/20/2018

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.

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It's not a myth--lifelong learning keeps brains healthy

Posted: 5/30/2018

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.

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Royal Oaks Explains Entry Fee Tax Deductions

Posted: 4/18/2018

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.

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Royal Oaks announces major expansion

Posted: 1/22/2018

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.

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Is "Aging Independently" a Myth?

Posted: 1/22/2018

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.

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Royal Oaks Toy Crafters celebrate with their 10,000th toy

Posted: 11/13/2017

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.

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Pre-Crisis vs. Post-Crisis Planning: Confronting Life's Unknowns

Posted: 11/7/2017

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.

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We can teach one another when it comes to using technology

Posted: 10/20/2017

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.

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Royal Oaks featured in article on senior living

Posted: 10/17/2017

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."

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The Telling Project helps veterans break the ice

Posted: 9/28/2017

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.

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How CCRC's/Lifeplan Communities can help couples stay together as they age

Posted: 9/28/2017

A continuing care retirement community (CCRC) can help couples prepare for the challenges that an unknown future may offer. CCRCs provide a continuum of services—from independent living to nursing-home level health care—that 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.

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The many benefits of exercise for arthritis

Posted: 9/28/2017

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.

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Royal Oaks remembers 9/11

Posted: 9/13/2017

Royal Oaks residents and staff joined together September 11 to remember the victims and survivors of that fateful day in 2001.

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CCRCs and Prospective Resident Health Evaluations

Posted: 8/28/2017

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.

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Powerful words from a Royal Oaks resident to our CEO

Posted: 6/19/2017

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.

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