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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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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.


Ukulele: Spelling it isn't necessary—"ukes" of Royal Oaks are enjoying the fellowship!

Posted: 9/13/2019

If you believe that every day would be brighter with a ukulele, it's worth checking out the Royal Oaks Ukulele Club. This vibrant community of ukesters started with a handful of residents and now numbers 19 (including a harmonica player) who enjoy their weekly sessions.

Music-loving residents got the club started. Gerry Sudkamp's original choice of instrument was the accordion. "When I first moved to Sun City from Alaska, I got involved in an organization called the Red Hots, an entertainment group that performed at churches and senior communities primarily," Gerry explained. "My forte was dressing up like a clown and telling jokes, doing skits, and playing the accordion. Three people in the clown group played ukulele and that's what got me started. Entertaining is in my blood and when the opportunity presented itself to join a ukulele group, I jumped right in."

One cannot deny the group's passion for the little uke. "We all love music and love this little instrument," said Cicely Schmidgall.

A unique uke group "in good company"

Club member Karen Bell taught herself the uke by watching YouTube videos. "It's really easy to learn and I didn't have any musical knowledge, absolutely none," she said laughing. "We're really fortunate, too, to have Jane Higgs as part of our club. Jane is the Director of the Sun City Women's Chorus and has a beautiful voice. Her participation really ups our game! And some very famous musicians, among them Eric Clapton, Elvis Presley, Jack Johnson, Cyndi Lauper, Paul McCartney, and Pink have all incorporated the ukulele into their music. We're in good company!"

"The club's mission is to promote fellowship and have fun," said Rae Dammer, "We are so amazed that the group has grown to so many uke-lovers!"

How the ukulele got its name

In the 1880s in Portugal, to help with a shortage of laborers in the cane and pineapple fields, Portugal brought in workers from Hawaii and other Asian nations. When the Hawaiian natives watched Portuguese field supervisors play the machête, a smaller version of the guitar, with fingers flying over the strings, the Hawaiians then named that instrument the ukulele ("uku" means "flea" and "lele" means "to fly).

"The ukulele was popularized years ago in a stateside audience during the Panama-Pacific International Exposition in 1915 in San Francisco," said Patty Kealoha, a resident from Hawaii. "An outstanding ukulele player from Hawaii is Jake Shimabukuro who has played at the Musical Instrument Museum here in Phoenix and has over 100 YouTube videos."

Wherever you are in the ukulele skill ladder, Royal Oaks' Ukulele Club welcomes participation. At the core of this group of ukulele enthusiasts is fostering ukulele skill improvement and camaraderie. The group would like to invite prospective residents of Royal Oaks and Inspirata Pointe to join them too, space permitting. if you would like to be put in touch with the organizers. You can see the club in action here!

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