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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

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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.


Introducing our first Smart Home - Apartment 360: the Retirement Community of the Future

Posted: 9/10/2018

At Royal Oaks, we're dedicated to creating the retirement community of the future. We've immersed ourselves in investigating which smart devices would be advantageous for our residents, and will be unveiling a fully equipped Smart Home in February 2019 – Apartment 360!

What a world we live in! At the swipe of your finger on a smart phone or tablet or the click of a mouse, you can do so many things to make your life easier. Don't want to drive? Order an Uber or Lyft and you are on your way within minutes. Transferring money or depositing a check from the comfort of your home is now commonplace—it's amazing how our banking systems have simplified things using smart devices.

Driverless cars are already on the road—and in fact, a company that is putting driverless cars in communities like ours is coming to Royal Oaks in October to see if we want to be the first Arizona retirement community to use these vehicles. If it works out, residents who seldom drive can ditch their own vehicle and related expenses and use the driverless cars on a per-diem basis.

Get Smart

In Apartment 360 at Royal Oaks, all kinds of voice-activated gadgets and personal robots that are becoming more and more common will be showcased for current and future residents to decide if those tech devices would be useful for them. The home will include, among other things, recessed TVs that are voice activated and touch panels designed to display the status of lights, thermostats, and A/V equipment, for example, and launch voice commands to these devices. You'll even be able to raise and lower the window blinds by your voice. . . or by your smart phone, if you aren't at home!

The beauty behind a smart home is the unification of products that all work together as one well-oiled machine. We have discovered that the seamlessness of operation requires a substantial amount of coordination and cooperation among the manufacturers of each component that comprises a complete system, and therefore have hired a tech consultant to lead this charge. Lights need to be able to talk to security systems, which also need to talk to thermostats, which communicate with motorized draperies, which trigger A/V equipment, and so on. A Grand Opening will be held when this ultimate smart apartment is unveiled this fall.

Show it off

Already, many of our residents have installed one of the most useful tech gadgets that can also play a role in personal security--the line of Amazon "personal assistant" products commonly called Alexa (Echo, Dot, or Show are different versions of Alexa that all do basically the same thing). For less than $100 for the Echo or Dot and about $130 for the Show (it has a screen that hearing-impaired people find useful), Alexa can be a fun and valuable friend to you. Here are some of the ways our current residents have found Alexa helpful:

When Carol Pierick fell and hurt her hip in their home here, husband Ken simply said, "Alexa, call Security." Within minutes, without Ken having to remember a phone number or pick up a phone, our Security personnel were at his disposal. If you have a smart phone, this functionality can be set up in minutes if you have an Alexa. You can voice-activate a call to anyone in your smart phone's list of contacts using Alexa.

Marie Brannon uses Alexa as her personal assistant. "I ask Alexa for help with all kinds of things," said Marie. "She spells words for me, tells me celebrities' ages, can give me the temperature anywhere, plays any music I want, and even tells me jokes. I'm finding new things she can do every day. I really like having a flash briefing of the news whenever I ask her for it. It keeps me current with what's happening without having to hunt down a newspaper or find a news station I like. Plus, it's just a fun thing to use."

"When I'm cooking at home and realize I'm out of supplies, I just say Alexa, add olive oil to my shopping list," said Janice Daniel. "When I go to the grocery, I pull up the Alexa shopping list on my phone and all the things I need are there."

Many residents have gone a step further and installed the Amazon/Alexa smart plugs in their lamps at home, which then allows them to turn them off and on by voice command.

Get on board

The Alexa Show is now being provided to all new residents who move in. This version has a Skype-like feature: the resident can video-chat with friends and family members using the Show and the other parties' cell phone, allowing more communication in a fun way with people not so close in proximity. In addition to reading the news, for example, the Show's screen also spells out what is being said, helpful for the hearing-impaired.

As long as you have an Internet connection in your home, Alexa can move in! Or move into Royal Oaks, you'll get one in your Welcome Basket, and our Computer Club Help Squad will install it for you. To find out more about becoming a resident, call 623-815-4132.

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