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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.


Is "Aging Independently" a Myth?

Posted: 1/22/2018

A recent article in PBS Newshour entitled "How to Stay Out of a Nursing Home and Age Independently" discusses a study out of Sweden that identified several factors predicting a senior's likelihood of living independently into their 80s.

The study's lead author, geriatrician Kristin Franzon, noted, "Preserved independence is highly valued by very old individuals," so she and her team were examining if there are quantifiable actions people can take to increase their odds of staying in their own home or if needing assistance was an inevitability of aging. It is no real surprise that among the predictors Franzon and her team correlated to living independently for longer were an active lifestyle, not smoking, and adhering to a Mediterranean-like diet.

There's little doubt that a healthy overall lifestyle ups your odds of staying in good health for longer, and as a result, may lower the likelihood that you will need assistance as you age. But this Newshour article got us thinking about several points related to seniors' frequently voiced desire to "age independently" and stay in their home.

An inaccurate label

There is an oft-quoted AARP statistic that roughly 90 percent of seniors say they want to stay in their own home as they age. There is a notion that living at home equals independence, and conversely, living in a retirement community (such as a continuing care retirement community [CCRC], also called a life plan community) translates into losing your independence. For many seniors, so-called "aging independently" at home (sometime referred to as "aging in place") is perceived to be the most comfortable, convenient, and economical option.

But one must wonder whether the term "age independently" is a misnomer. Just because someone lives in their existing home does not mean they are or will continue to be independent. Where one lives does not define or determine whether they are independent or not; a person may be dependent regardless of the setting.

As an example, a senior who opts to stay in their home may start off living truly independently, requiring zero assistance with the activities of daily living (ADLs) like food preparation, bathing, or dressing. And that may remain the case indefinitely.

Or it may not.

Should their health decline, that person may require more and more assistance or may develop increasingly complex care needs. Who will take on these tasks? Will an adult child or other family member be willing and able to serve as caregiver, offering their time and energy? Or will the family locate and hire an in-home caregiver such as a home health worker or nursing aide? How much does that cost, anyway? Will the senior need to make modifications to their home in order to accommodate a wheelchair or other assistive devices? These are among the questions that need to be discussed with the family if a senior is considering staying in their home for the long haul. But these factors also beg the question: At what point is "living independently" not really living independently?

Simultaneously, as a person's age-related health and/or mobility decline, or if and when they lose their spouse or long-time friends, it is more common for seniors to become socially isolated when living "independently" in their own home. In fact, this epidemic of senior loneliness, impacting as many as 8 million people in our country, has been termed a "silent killer" by a recent Congressional report, a serious issue that can contribute to a premature death.

Staying in the home may have advantages when it comes to familiarity, and in some cases, it may be less expensive than other senior living options…but as you can see, there are also potential drawbacks.

Independence through assistance

So, what about life in a CCRC or other retirement community? Some people feel that by acquiescing to a move into a CCRC, it is like giving up and accepting that you're an "old person"—surrendering your independence at the door. In today's world where people are living well into their 80s and beyond, many seniors remain active much longer than their own parents did. They often don't feel like they are "old"…why would they ever consider moving into an "old folks home"?

CCRCs and other senior living communities aren't the right choice for everyone, whether the senior doesn't feel that they would enjoy living in a community setting with other seniors, has financial obstacles to paying the hefty CCRC entry fee, or has strong feelings about not wanting to sacrifice the perceived independence of staying in their long-time home. But on the last point, I would counter that CCRCs actually enable seniors to live independently for longer.

Here's why: CCRCs and other types of retirement communities offer their residents all of the amenities and services needed to allow seniors to care for themselves for as long as possible. But when it comes to CCRCs, they also provide residents with what's referred to as a continuum of care—the increasing levels of healthcare services that a person may need as they age. Most new residents move into the independent living area of the community, but if any health issues arise, they will be provided assistance with activities of daily living all the way up to skilled nursing care—all within one community.

Thanks in part to the availability of this continuum of care, CCRCs alleviate the stress that comes with caregiving for an aging family member, granting seniors and their adult children the freedom to simply enjoy their visits together, making it meaningful, quality time. To me, these two factors encompass the true definition of "aging independently."

Taking charge of your future

No matter your age, there's nothing wrong with accepting a little help if it becomes needed. And CCRCs offer their residents whatever level of assistance they may require for their unique needs…whether that means housekeeping services, a little help with bathing and dressing, or eventually, full-time nursing care in the healthcare center if needed.

We encourage people to consider all of the possibilities when it comes to their senior living options. You may just discover that a CCRC offers you the kind of independence that you can live with! Royal Oaks may be just that community, particularly with the exciting news announced this month.

The above article was written by Brad Breeding of myLifeSite and is legally licensed for use.

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