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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!


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.


Apple Watches, Vespas and Visits from Google: Welcome to Retirement in Sun City, Arizona!

Posted: 11/26/2019

Sun City, Arizona is heralded as the place where "hip" seniors live. In fact, the longtime retirement mecca was the country's very first true "active adult" community for recent retirees to play (and play and play) in the sun, amidst the beauty of the desert.

So it's no surprise that our area boasts some of the most tech-savvy seniors in the country – and big names like Google are noticing.

From our award-winning tech apartment to on-going discussions with Voyage and their autonomous cars, who want us to experiment on our campus with their latest and greatest, Royal Oaks has gotten quite a name for being at the forefront of technology. Organizations from across the country have sought us out to interview residents, trying to understand how the services and products offered by their company can better serve the growing senior community.

This month, it was a group from Google's headquarters who spent the morning here. Through connections they had within Sun City, this four-person team discovered Royal Oaks' Tech-Connect group and quickly jetted in to show off some of their in-development products and advertisements and get our opinion on how they can better their offerings.

Tech-Connect is a savvy club of Royal Oaks residents who encourage the use of technology to make life easier for everyone on campus. They are a 15-person "help squad on steroids," buzzing around the campus to make sure residents have the knowledge to get the most out of their cell phone, tablet, laptop, or desktop. Since an Amazon Echo Show is provided to every new resident, Tech-Connect members also install the device and explain the multitude of uses to the new resident. (The Google folks were surprised at how knowledgeable our residents are about all things technology and dismayed to know we were providing our residents with their competitor's product!). One of the most sought-after uses of residents using an Echo device is safety. A Tech-Connect member syncs the Echo to the resident's smart phone. If the resident is in distress, a simple voice command, "Alexa, call Security" will quickly bring one of our rapid response teams to the home.

"The meeting with the Google team was very interesting," said Claudia Rumwell, one of the Tech-Connect resident leaders. "Google is just now beginning to discover that there is a world where people exist who are over 60! All their advertising is geared to families or 'cool people' and definitely not to our age group—who are cooler in our own right. Our input on their products, and particularly their ads, did not at all fall on deaf ears. They took scrupulous notes and I'm happy we were able to lend them insight on how this huge market of baby boomers and beyond could be a booming market for them."

What about wearables, robots, and our Apartment of the Future?

"I noticed one of our residents wearing an Apple Watch," said Vicki Ullery, Marketing Director, "and asked him how he uses it. He excitedly told me all the ways it's changed his life. And it has a real practical purpose, too--he stumbled over some rocks and fell and the device immediately asked him if he wanted it to call 911 and it also sent a text message to his wife. How cool is that?"

Another piece of technology you'll find Royal Oaks residents using heavily is the resident portal. Our "command central," the portal allows residents to register for events, check campus-wide activity calendars, find a new bridge partner, make dining reservations, submit work orders, see if our on-campus library has a new book, and much more. Accessible from any device, the portal will, next year, include a voice-activated component; and plans are also underway for the Royal Oaks and Inspirata Pointe app, which will provide even a higher level of connectivity for resident and potential residents.  The Hub is the gathering point for all things "tech" at Royal Oaks--a defined space where resident students learn the latest and greatest. 

Royal Oaks is keeping a very keen eye on the robot technology being introduced into the hospitality industry. One major hotel chain in Las Vegas now uses Elvis and Priscilla robots to deliver food and supplies to guests, and our very own robot, Lillee, can greet you when you tour our innovative Apartment of the Future!

Royal Oaks is Sun City's only Life Plan Community. Come visit and see some of our 23 floor plans (apartments and patio homes). In development is our newest neighborhood, Inspirata Pointe, where we will offer 156 deluxe villas and apartment homes, two additional restaurants, and a new watering hole. Call 623-815-4132 for more information.

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