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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
[email protected]

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.


Comparing Royal Oaks to the Other Kinds of Retirement Communities in Arizona

Posted: 10/7/2019

Retirement communities are in abundance throughout the U.S. and particularly in Arizona. There is no right or wrong choice among the different kinds, since everyone's needs, desires and interests are different. And as people progress through the aging journey, their wish lists change, too. Retirement communities in Arizona and beyond are often bucketed into three categories. Here's a rundown, and an introduction to a newer kind of retirement option: the Life Plan Community.

Active Adult/Over 55 Communities

The new retiree is the market for these communities, which offer a dizzying array of activities, typically based around a golf course, and a myriad social activities to keep boredom at bay for the just-retired. In these communities, you own your home and assume all the associated costs.

Rental Retirement Communities

In a rental retirement community, you rent an apartment just as you may have done years ago. But at a rental retirement community, amenities such as utilities, maintenance, transportation to doctors, some meals, and other assorted services are provided in the monthly rental fee, which typically ranges from $3,000 to $7,000, depending on how luxurious the surroundings. If you need higher levels of health services, your fees increase to the market rate for those services. For reference, monthly fees for assisted living, memory care, or acute care range from $5,000 to $12,000 per month, depending on the level of care needed.

Life Plan Communities (also known as CCRCs)

Life Plan Communities like Royal Oaks are the "one-stop shopping" of the retirement world—a campus-like setting that offers resort-like amenities where residents live independently in well-appointed apartments or homes within a community setting. On campus are wonderful restaurants to indulge your culinary wishes, your new favorite "watering hole," zero home maintenance, complimentary housekeeping and laundry services, activities and entertainment in abundance, wellness services to keep you active and increase longevity, and so much more. So, what are some of the top reasons people have told us why they've chosen a Life Plan Community like Royal Oaks?

1.Weary of maintaining their house, tired of cooking, and/or wanting the freedom to travel.

2.Predictable costs for the rest of their life: no concerns about how to pay if the "what ifs" happen.

3.Do not want to burden their children (financially or emotionally as they age).

4.Wish to leave money to their children (in a Life Plan Community, depending on the contract you select, your estate is left to your children or other designees, not spent on ever-increasing long-term care costs).

In addition to the fun and ease of life at Royal Oaks, a Life Plan Community is a good option if you value financial and personal security, which comes from the Life Care contract. Royal Oaks offers Type A (refundable and non-refundable) and Type B Life Care plans. In a "Type A" plan, as your need for care increases, your monthly fee does not. In a "Type B" or plan, your monthly fee will increase when utilizing care beyond Independent Living. Type B plans are often attractive to people who have robust long-term-care insurance.

Higher levels of care, such as assisted living, memory care, and complete supportive living (nursing) are available on Royal Oaks' campus if our residents demonstrate a need for those services Regardless of how your health changes, with Life Care, you will be taken care of for life without having to move and your monthly costs won't skyrocket if you need those higher levels of living. This can bring great peace of mind for you while freeing your children and grandchildren from the financial and emotional burdens that could affect their future and yours.

Evidence for the Life Plan Community lifestyle

A study published by the American Seniors Housing Association found that seniors who live in communities like Royal Oaks are more satisfied with their daily lives and are more likely to be happier and healthier than those who remain in their own homes. The study also found that the social, spiritual, intellectual, and recreational programs offered at Life Plan Communities provide seniors with many opportunities to meet new friends.

In addition, the US Department of Health and Human Services released a research paper that found that residents who live in Life Plan Communities are healthier and live longer than people who do not live in Life Plan Communities. Their analysis also found that Life Plan Community residents have less risk of disease and disability. Their research specifically noted that Life Plan Communities:

•Promote active lifestyles

•Provide good nutrition

•Support social involvement

•Encourage overall wellness

•Ensure proper medical care

•Are good for younger seniors

If maintenance-free living and the freedom to live your life without worrying about your future interest you, call 623-815-4132 for a tour and discover why thousands of residents have found Royal Oaks to be a perfect match.

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