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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.


Whether you exercise biceps or smile muscles, just keep on moving!

Posted: 8/15/2019

What do our "wellness" professionals do? On the Royal Oaks campus, it's keeping residents and staff motivated to stay active, try new fitness opportunities, eat a sensible diet, get regular check-ups, keep learning, and incorporate spirituality. Wendy Warchock, our fitness professional in the Evergreen Fitness Center, is quite proud of the many exercise classes and group opportunities to be physically active. On average, Wendy conducts or coordinates 100 group fitness opportunities in our Motion Studio and Indoor Pool per month. This is in addition to instructors who travel to other buildings on our 50-acre campus, giving an average of 32 classes per month. That is a total of 132 fitness classes per month that are complimentary to residents and staff.

Take your pick! Fit for Life, Chi Gong, Tai Chi, Chair Yoga, Zumba Gold, Balance, Strength and a Men's Only Class are just a few of the popular choices. Additionally, residents have organized groups for Clogging, Wii Bowling, Ping-Pong, Water Volleyball, Line Dancing and Corn Bag Toss. Some of those exercise the smile muscles more than the biceps but that's OK, too. Laughing promotes circulation and happier people live longer! As long as residents are moving, we applaud them!

Finding a New Passion at Royal Oaks

Floyd Chmelka has long been an advocate for fitness, and considered himself primarily a runner for more than 40 years. After moving to Royal Oaks in 2014, if the heat prevented him from running around the property, he could be found in the Motion Studio jump roping or lifting weights. About two years ago, at the age of 85, he reluctantly started taking group classes to support his wife, Jackie. She finds that the NuStep is the best exercise for her, and Floyd was surprised to see that he found enjoyment and camaraderie in the group classes. He now attends four classes per week, supplementing his regular fitness routine in the gym.

"I never considered myself a group fitness kind of guy," said Floyd. "Now I feel even better by changing up my routine and I'm not bored. And I found jump roping improves my reflexes and, I hope, it has made me a better ping pong player. Benefits, benefits!"

One of the classes Floyd really enjoys is Total Body Fitness. Posture and Balance Essentials and Fitness Basics are also part of his repertoire, as is Chair Yoga. He does spend time nearly every day in the gym, either in a class or working out on his own.

A retired computer programmer, Floyd has hiked the Grand Canyon about 50 times. He and Jackie raised their two sons in Arizona and hiking was a family passion. He has hiked the Canyon rim-to-rim three times and about 50 times on smaller hikes. "I'm not what you would call really well coordinated," Floyd jokes. "I just like the feeling I get after exercising."

We invite you to join Floyd in our classes! Did you know that Club Connect members can use our Fitness Center complimentary as part of their membership? Call 623-815-4132 for more information or 

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