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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!


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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:

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To inquire about career opportunities:

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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.


Check out this website for older adults by older adults

Posted: 7/19/2017

Jane Curry, of Chicago, settled into a retirement community a few years ago, where she found friends and support. It was part of her preparation to age in place in a home of her own. But the now-75-year-old widow knew that taking a fall could play havoc with her ability to stay in her second-story condo.

"My balance is off more as I've gotten older," she admitted. "That frightens me."

At 14, Curry developed a rare form of cancer in the connective tissue of her wrist. In the 1950s, her only option was to have her left arm amputated. "I was so young when it happened that I adapted and I've been able to live my life without thinking about it too much," she said. But now, Curry worries that being an amputee increases the likelihood she could take a tumble.

"I had the fear, but not the plan" for what to do about it, Curry said.

That changed about three years ago, when she volunteered to be on a panel of 70 older adults who met in focus groups with Dr. Lee Lindquist, chief of geriatrics at Northwestern University's Feinberg School of Medicine. The panel's work resulted in a website called Plan Your Lifespan, 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.

Relieving the Fear of Having No Plan for Aging

Curry's risk may be higher than others her age, but falls are a common — and often devastating — occurrence in the aging population. According to the Centers for Disease Control, falls are the leading cause of fatal and non-fatal injuries for Americans 65 and older. So Curry's perspective became an important element to weave into the Plan Your Lifespan site, which was created through a partnership of the federal government's Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute and Northwestern's Feinberg School. The site went live in December 2015.

"We saw many older seniors who were living on a cliff. If one thing went wrong, their whole world would turn upside down. But they didn't want to think about that," Lindquist said. "At the same time, many feared being a burden to loved ones as a result of not planning."

Lindquist and her investigators quizzed their panel about events that would disrupt even their best-laid plans for the last chapter of their lives. Based on that input, they went to work, producing an online resource that allows older adults to walk through those eventualities and think about how they would manage a hospitalization, a fall or developing dementia.

Plan Your Lifespan lets people type in the action steps they would prefer to take. They can store their responses online and print out a copy. The site also asks users to specify which people in their lives they want to help them with certain issues — for example, evaluating whether they should continue driving or managing their finances if they develop memory problems.

"We came up with a practical way for seniors to make concrete plans now that will help them in the future," Lindquist said. "It's all there when these situations actually arise and everything starts happening fast."

Misconceptions About What Older Users Would Want

The site was built, and then rebuilt, with an eye to keeping the content practical, concrete and easy to use. What it lacks in cyber-flashiness it makes up for in elder friendliness.

"I had misconceptions about what the users would want," Lindquist admitted. "We went back to our senior stakeholders and found out that they hated the layout that I thought was so pretty."

The final version is presented in a high visibility font: black-on-white for easier reading. Users click to progress from screen to screen; Lindquist learned that many older adults lack the dexterity or skill to make the scrolling motion. Short videos on each topic are embedded for easy viewing, with real-life stories of preparing for each situation.

"We didn't have money for actors, so we went back to the people from our focus groups for the clips on the website," Lindquist said. "Seniors talking to seniors to explain the steps they've taken. They were very effective."

One of the videos features Curry, who explained how she sat down with her daughter-in-law to spell out what she would want if she ever needed long-term care.

"We got into it so much as, 'If you're in a nursing home or if you're in a hospital room, do you want to be by a window, do you want to be higher up?'" a smiling Curry said to the camera. "I happen to like traffic. I like to see people going by on the street. I like action."

Different Needs In a Smaller Community

Although the research team was based in Chicago, the site's creators also sought feedback from older adults more likely to live in houses than high-rises. Chris Forcucci, a nurse leader with Indiana-based Aging and In-Home Services, was recruited to talk to elder advisers from Fort Wayne and surrounding rural counties.

"Our population is more likely to need a plan for grass cutting and snow shoveling, so they can stay in their homes. They have fewer transportation options than in a city," Forcucci pointed out. "There's also a faith component that did not surface with older adults in Chicago. The seniors here want to plan how they can get to church if they can't drive."

Since beginning her work with the project three years ago, Forcucci, 59, has become the caregiver for her parents. That's given her the chance to put the Plan Your Lifestyle site to use.

"It's a communication starter, and these are not easy conversations to have," she said. "We've printed it out page by page, then talked about it and saved it."

So far, users in 36 states have logged on to Plan Your Lifespan. Lindquist continues to collect feedback from users and will rely on it to update the site and make it more responsive.

"I think a lot of times seniors are treated like they don't have opinions. Actually, they have a lot to say about their options," she said. "But they need to communicate what they want to the next generation or they will all have to fly by the seat of their pants."

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