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10015 W. Royal Oak Road
Sun City, Arizona 85351

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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
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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.


Let us introduce you to the Yates!

Posted: 12/21/2018

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!

Sherri and Fred Yates met north of Madison, Wisconsin at a small county fair. Sherri was demonstrating how to play the organ and Fred and his buddy began flirting with this pretty girl. The friend asked Sherri out but Fred caught her eye and off they went to a dance. The inevitable happened and after their wedding they found themselves living on a naval base in a Quonset hut in San Francisco. Fred shipped out to Viet Nam and following his tour of duty, The University of Tennessee in Knoxville became home while he got his Electrical Engineering degree. Fred studied and Sherri worked in a VA Outpatient Clinic. Then it was off to Cedar Rapids, Iowa where Fred designed flight control systems for aircrafts with Collins Radio.

Daughter Amanda arrived in 1973 and son Derick in 1975. By this time, the Yates were living in Phoenix where Fred had taken a job transfer with Sperry. Then craziness ensued. A sought-after expert in his field, Fred was recruited heavily and the family moved often for his job. In fact, one stint in Kansas had them buy a house and live in it for just one month! During this madness, Sherri managed to raise two children, add son Seth in 1982 and get her teaching degree!

In 1994, Honeywell (who had bought Sperry) asked Fred to head up a project in France with Airbus. They and Seth settled into a small village in Southern France (the two older children were in college and stayed in the states). It was here the travel bug for Europe caught them all. They explored much of Europe for fun and to trace the family ancestry. Sherri's great-great-grandfather was a German composer and they located his home as well as the farm where her great-great-grandmother grew up. "It was thrilling to see these old records that the villages have kept, leading us to my lineage," said Sherri. "It was an adventure to step on the soil where my ancestors raised their families and find that my last name was changed at Ellis Island!"

After two years, the family returned to Phoenix. Sherri settled into teaching 2nd grade and Fred continued climbing the ladder at Honeywell. He retired in 2003 and learned to cook, surprising Sherri when she got home from work with his gourmet creations. She retired in 2007 and they started mapping out places to explore.

Along with their children and grandchildren, many of whom live in the greater Phoenix area, they have managed to visit every state. They have crisscrossed Europe several times, visited the Netherlands, cruised through the Norwegian fjords and the Danube river, sailed from Quebec City to New York and enjoyed the Mexican Riviera. They took the family on their 50th wedding anniversary cruise to Alaska and continue to return to England and France when the opportunity arises.

Wanting to have more fun and less home maintenance, they moved into a Cholla Garden Home at Royal Oaks in the fall of 2015. "I was 71 and Sherri was a couple of years younger," said Fred. "We were ready to let someone else take care of our home and appreciate all the social life that happens in this friendly community. Living in a Garden Home feels like any neighborhood and we've made more friends than we can count." Fred was recently invited to join the Board of Directors of our People of Faith Foundation Board, where he will help make decisions on this $16 million fund that helps residents throughout their lives here.

This fall they carved two months out of their busy schedules to return to the village in France where they lived in the 1990s. "It has doubled in size since we lived there," said Sherri, "and it was so much fun to reconnect with friends we had when we were there. That trip also included 16 days on a land tour of Ireland, staying at an Airbnb in England, and Normandy, and many days drinking wine and eating bread in the south of France. "Fun fact," laughs Sherri, "is that the French government subsidizes the bread industry – it's that important to have good bread." In a small village, Sherri and Fred marveled at discovering a vending machine that dispensed fresh bread!  That photo and a few of the Yates' favorites can be viewed here.

The highlight for Engineer Fred on this two-month excursion was Pont du Gard, an ancient Roman aqueduct that crosses the Gardon River near the town of Vers-Pont-du-Gard in southern France. Built as three tiers of archways to bring water to the city of Nimes, it is the highest of all elevated Roman aqueducts and one of the best preserved. It was added to UNESCO's list of World Heritage Sites in 1985 because of its historical importance.

Sherri's highlight was meeting all the interesting people during their travels and conversing with them in French. She practices the language with a small group at Royal Oaks and brushed up on her French skill here on campus before taking off for this trip. "We visited a boutique winery called Chene Bleu in Crestet, Provenance. The owners are the CEO of the London Stock Exchange and his American financier wife. In addition to drinking some incredible wines, Sherri found their story fascinating of how they bought this "hobby winery" and turned it into a showcase where the wines are heralded as some of the best in the region.

They both made it a point to return to Lareole where over the years they have watched the restoration of a beautiful "striped" castle. It is now open to the public. "We feel as though it is our personal castle complete with a moat."

Sherri and Fred also enjoy meeting prospective residents and telling them why they chose Royal Oaks. If you would like to meet them on an upcoming visit to our campus, let us know!

You can arrange a tour by calling 623-815-4132.

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