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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
[email protected]


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.


360 Uniquely Customized Independent Living Homes and Apartments--that's Royal Oaks

Posted: 11/15/2018

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. From adding in a faux window, to changing paint colors, to installing stone walls or extending kitchens, whatever your needs are, our team is ready to accommodate. Below are some examples of home customizations that provided residents with uniquely personal space.

Fit for an Interior Designer

When Barb and Bob left their large, custom home in Sun City to move to Royal Oaks five years ago, they were ready to downsize but still wanted their home on our campus to reflect Barb's unique decorating taste. Barb's interior design ability was legendary among her friends and she really enjoyed making her own homes unique and helping friends do the same. After choosing the Mimosa apartment, she went to town and worked with the Royal Oaks refurbishing team and some outside contractors to bring her vision to life.

The results? 1204 sq. ft. of grandeur, including faux painting, a stone wall, picture-framed wood floors, recessed electric fireplace, and a "hidden" closet masked as a bookcase, and even subtly lit crown molding to make the ceiling appear higher. A laundry nook turned into a beautiful desk space, and the galley kitchen came alive with track lighting, a faux window, and silver and white cabinets flanked by stainless appliances. Superb entertainers, Barb and Bob joined a progressive dinner group here and the participants savor Barb's culinary skills.

Needed—art studio

Karen and Irwin's first move onto our campus was in the delightful Laurel apartment, where Karen turned the laundry room into her art studio. It worked well, but Karen craved natural light in her studio to create her paintings. On their initial tours, this active couple had pinpointed a certain Mimosa apartment in a location with a lot of light. Hoping it would eventually be available, they moved into the Laurel, and became first on our wait list for the apartment of their choice. As luck would have it, that Mimosa apartment became theirs a couple of years later!

Karen asked us to reconfigure the very large master bedroom so she could have a private art studio flooded with the morning light. Our refurbishing team not only figured out how to accomplish that, but suggested another modification that kept the bedroom light and airy, too. Karen's artistic ability shines throughout the home, not only in the artwork that hangs throughout but in the cool colors of teal and grey they chose for the décor.

An epiphany becomes a reality

This past spring, Marketing Director Vicki Ullery was standing in one of our garden homes that needed to be completely refurbished when she had an epiphany on how to create a living/dining/kitchen open floor plan, doing away with the enclosed galley kitchen. Hoping the existing plumbing would allow this to be accomplished, she excitedly called Bill, the Facilities Manager. Walls had to be moved, the kitchen appliances and sink had to be relocated and a drawer microwave had to be installed rather than an over-the-range microwave. While they were working in that home, the refurbishing team suggested opening up the front door entry, creating a spacious and visually interesting greeting point. When a visitor from California who was contemplating moving to our campus saw the modern floor plan, that Palmetto garden home was snapped up in a flash. We only wish we had taken "before" and "after" photos!

Pie anyone?

Sheila has a pie passion. After living in the Mesquite apartment for a few years, she told husband John that she needed more kitchen space to bake her pies. He thought she was kidding but she wasn't! They extended the kitchen cabinetry into the dining space, creating another 10 feet of counter space for Sheila to make her sweets. We're glad they did because Sheila is a good pie sharer! Several other residents in the Mesquite and Holly floor plans (similar kitchens) have followed Sheila's idea and extended their kitchens. Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery!

Bold & Bright

Patty, originally with roots in Hawaii, loves color. Her apartment beams with hues from the islands—seven different ones in all. You can't help but smile when you enter her home.

Moving to a community like Royal Oaks may mean downsizing from your current home, but it also means creating a space that is uniquely you. Lighting and paint in particular can turn a ho-hum room into one with character and charm. Let us create your new abode at Royal Oaks! One of our 23 floor plans is sure to fit your bill. Call 623-815-4132 to arrange a tour. Maybe Sheila will even bake you a pie!

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