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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.


For-Profit or Not-for-Profit CCRCs- What's the Difference?

Posted: 7/20/2018

If you have begun researching continuing care retirement communities (CCRCs, also known as life plan communities), you have likely discovered that there are both for-profit (FP) and not-for-profit (NFP) options. The vast majority of life plan communities are NFP but the FP providers are beginning to grow their share of the market. Royal Oaks will celebrate its 35-year anniversary this year as one of the west valley's most prominent NFP communities.

One of the key reasons many seniors are attracted to CCRCs is the sense of security they provide their residents, knowing they will be cared for should they need physical or medical assistance in the future. Some people have concerns about opting for a for-profit CCRC, worrying that if they should ever run out of retirement savings they will be "kicked out" by a community whose focus is on making money.

Most CCRCs–both FP and NFP–do reserve the right to terminate a resident's contract under certain circumstances, but in reality, many CCRCs (for-profit and not-for-profit alike) strive to provide a home and assistance for residents even if the senior is unable to meet their financial commitment to the CCRC. Some FP providers do make it clear that they will provide notice that a resident must vacate if they exhaust their funds.

What is the real difference between the two?

When looking at CCRCs, it is important to understand how each community is run. We suggest you do your due diligence about the financial outlook of a community, regardless of whether it is a FP or NFP, because at the end of the day, any available financial assistance depends on the organization's ability to provide these funds. But in the simplest terms, here are a few of the key differences between a for-profit and a not-for-profit CCRC:

Not-for-profit CCRCs keep earnings in the organization

Not for-profit CCRCs fall under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. According to the IRS, a 501(c)(3) organization "must be organized and operated exclusively for exempt purposes" and "none of its earnings may inure to any private shareholder or individual." Such entities are usually referred to as "charitable organizations." Indeed, many prospective residents are attracted to the idea that earnings stay in the organization.

Not-for-profit CCRCs were often begun by faith-based groups or fraternal organizations. This often serves as the foundation for a strong mission-based culture that is attractive to many seniors. Royal Oaks was begun through members of Faith Presbyterian Church. People of all faiths enjoy living here.

For-profit communities have a responsibility to investors and/or shareholders.

For-profit CCRCs are responsible to corporate investors and/or shareholders who are interested in making money on their investment. According to James M. Moloney, Head of Real Estate and Co-Head of Tax-Exempt M&A at Cain Brothers in San Francisco, for-profits are "run from a financial return perspective, as opposed to the mission-in-perpetuity perspective of the not-for-profits."

Which is right for you?

Whether you are thinking about a not-for-profit or a for-profit CCRC, the important aspects to consider are:

  • Does the lifestyle and culture fit you? Are the campus amenities to your liking?
  • How robust are the levels of living beyond independent living?
  • What is the financial strength of the organization? If you are giving an entry fee upfront to be cared for the rest of your life, you want to make sure the organization has the funds to do so.

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