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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.


CCRCs and Prospective Resident Health Evaluations

Posted: 8/28/2017

If you are considering a continuing care retirement community (CCRC, also called a life plan community), you may be aware that there are certain health requirements that you may have to meet in order to enter the community under a continuing care contract. Health assessments are mainly used by CCRCs offering a lifecare (Type A) residency contract, and to a lesser degree, a modified (Type B) contracts. They are not, and likely should not, be used by CCRCs offering a fee-for-service (Type C) contract.

To confirm that you meet the health requirements of a CCRC offering lifecare or modified contracts, you may be asked to complete a health questionnaire and/or undergo a medical exam. The community may also request a copy of your medical records from the previous two years.

Healthy residents help to manage risk

Why do CCRCs have this health requirement? Well, The primary reason for new resident health evaluations is that CCRCs offering lifecare and modified contracts operate much like insurance companies: The healthy (i.e., independent living) residents help offset a portion of the cost for those residents who require care services (i.e., those in assisted living or the community's healthcare facility). Another way to look at it is that residents in independent living are pre-paying for some portion of care to be received in the future. CCRCs offering these contracts must hedge their bets as they determine the level of "risk" they are taking on when a new resident moves in, therefore it is critical that the CCRC accurately assess seniors' healthcare status. For CCRCs offering fee-for-service (Type C) contracts, it is highly questionable whether there is any legal basis for health evaluations of prospective residents since there is no pre-payment by the resident for future care and the community is not responsible for covering any of the cost of such care.

In the simplest terms, these comprehensive wellness evaluations are basically trying to ascertain whether the resident will be able to live for a period of time without the need for advanced care services. If too many new residents require a higher level of care, the community can encounter financial challenges and likely will not have enough space within the care center to accommodate everyone's care needs.

Are you medically eligible for move-in?

In order to determine your overall health–both physically and mentally–the CCRC may assess some or all of the following:

  • Information provided by your personal physician and/or an exam performed by the CCRC's own medical staff
  • Information collected from you by the medical staff at the CCRC
  • Blood tests and other lab work
  • A cognitive ability test
  • An assessment of your independence with activities of daily living (also called ADLs)

A few examples of the illnesses or conditions that may preclude entry into a continuing care under a lifecare, and possibly a modified residency contract, are: Parkinson's disease, dementia, osteoporosis with a history of fractures, COPD including emphysema, congestive heart failure, or metastatic cancer.

Legal implications and restrictions

There is some debate about whether CCRCs of any type have a legal basis for health screening to determine eligibility for acceptance under a CCRC contract. Since CCRCs offer independent senior living, which is subject to the Fair Housing Act, and also assisted living and nursing care, which are subject to the Americans with Disabilities Act, the guidance isn't completely clear. But, again, for CCRCs offering a contract with healthcare services provided under an insurance-like arrangement there seems to be a more logical argument that some form of health screening is necessary.

Almost all CCRCs and other types of senior living providers have a health screening process to assure that the resident can meet the general "requirements of tenancy" and to determine the appropriate level of care required. By law it is necessary that all prospective residents are asked the same questions, and that no one is singled out due to their appearance or disability. CCRCs also should only ask health questions that are relevant to the health care services offered, and not questions about things that might help determine, for instance, if the resident will require extra staffing needs.

Yet, using such a screening process to determine whether a resident will be accepted for occupancy is a different topic altogether. CCRC should be very familiar with the fair housing and discrimination laws in this regard. For residents who do not meet the health requirements of a CCRC offering a lifecare or modified contract, the community is still required to offer acceptance under a fee-for-service arrangement, if accommodations are available. This means that the resident would not be a part of the continuing care contract, but may still reside within the community and pay for necessary care services out of pocket. In this regard, a CCRC really has little basis for denying anyone entry, although they do not necessarily have to offer residency under a CCRC contract.

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