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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

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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.


Jana DeWit: She really is about Planes, Trains and Automobiles (or RVs)

Posted: 2/6/2020

One of the best parts of my job as Marketing Director is to get to know residents well. Jana DeWit was carrying a model train box through our lobby in December. When I inquired about it, she told me about her 50-year passion for model trains and I thought, "What an interesting topic to share about a very interesting resident." I knew she had been to the White House in 2018 for their Christmas party and that also seemed something fun to dig into. Halfway through interviewing her, this article about her passion for trains took a left turn and turned into this story about a delightful woman who relishes every second of life.

Jana grew up in Tulsa, OK. Her father married four times and because of circumstances, Jana and her sister were sent for stretches of time to a Children's Home there. "I was there five times," said Jana, "the last time for a year. It was an incredible experience. I went to a great public school near the place and had really a lovely upbringing there with lots of friends and activities. It wasn't an orphanage or anything sad like that. It was like a big happy family—and I told my son recently that 65 years later, my life at Royal Oaks mirrors that experience. Happy people helping one another and creating independence."

By the time Jana was 12, her father's life had settled into a routine and she was back living at home. As a young adult and working as a Purchasing Agent for Extruded Plastics in Southern California, she met Jim DeWit and married him 7 ½ weeks later. Then a firefighter, Jim wanted to become a pilot, which he did at the age of 33. The two travelled extensively on Jim's pilot benefits when they weren't hitting the road in their RV. Jana's father was an American Airlines employee and she says, "In 67 years, I've never paid for a flight and never checked a bag. I've learned to pack smart in a carry-on and head out for adventure as soon as we touch down." The DeWits were married for 45 years until his unexpected death in 2009. "We had 45 hand-holding years together so I can't complain." Somewhere along the line, Jana took up oil painting from the photos she took during her travels and her lovely Mimosa apartment at Royal Oaks serves as her gallery. This photo not only shows one of her many paintings but a photo of her great grandmother and grandfather, George Washington Dickey, who wrote an autobiography about life as a western cowboy, "Thirty Years in the Saddle." Every interaction with Jana bubbles up with some new and exciting information about her!

"I can't even begin to tell you all the places I've been," said Jana, "and all the friends I've met from those years. In April, I'll be going on a cruise with 14 pilot wives. I've gotten involved with a group called Women Traveling Together and I'll soon be going on my 10th trip with them. Twelve of us this year will help assemble one of the floats in the Rose Bowl parade. What an experience! I want to keep seeing everything I can for as long as I can."

In December of 2018, Jana was a guest at the White House Christmas party. Her son, Jeff DeWit is the former Arizona State Treasurer and now serves as CFO of NASA. His "plus one" for the White House shindig was his mom, who shared pictures with us of the red Christmas trees.

Now in Arizona for 17 years, Jana says living at Royal Oaks for the past two years has put yet another exclamation mark on her already remarkable life. Where she heads next is anybody's guess.

If you would like to meet extraordinary people like Jana, we invite you to schedule a visit here, have lunch or dinner with residents, and discover why thousands of people just like you have chosen to be spoiled here over the past 30+ years, call 623-815-4132 or visit

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