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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

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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.


A 7,579-mile trip to the Hong Kong Public Library—there's got to be a story there!

Posted: 1/11/2019

"Write what you know" is what writers are told when they venture into penning the great American novel. Royal Oaks resident Lyn Griffiths must not have ever heard that advice when, in 2003, she had an idea for a book that has now sent her around the globe to research countries and history of which she had no inkling. She and husband Chris moved to Royal Oaks in 2007, giving her an abundance of free time to research and write books.

With a working title of "When the Mail Comes," Lyn's book is set in Hong Kong in the 1860s and centers on the family of an American trade consul, caught up in multiple levels of conflict and change. Beginning just as Abraham Lincoln has been elected President, the tale follows the family as they move from Russia to their new assignment in Hong Kong. At this time, a letter writer in Hong Kong usually had to wait a full year before receiving a reply, hence the title. "News from home, therefore, was never timely and always hopelessly out of date," Lyn explains. "I was fascinated by standing in those shoes."

"Just as interesting are these 'Global Nomad' questions," Lyn says. "For 13 years, this family has lived not only in Boston, but in London, Istanbul, Paris, and St. Petersburg. When you have lived in so many countries, where is home? Are you still 'American'? What does "home" mean? And in this case, as the family begins to unravel, what is left?"

She packed up and went to Hong Kong for research

A stickler for getting things right, Lyn discovered that internet research couldn't provide the level of detail she sought. So off she went, solo, to hunker down in the Hong Kong Central Library until she found the street maps and other documents she knew would make the book authentic. Hong Kong was a British colony and Lyn was fortunate to find the documents in English and the English-speaking library workers a wealth of information. "Although most readers won't know if the bakery, let's say, is on the street I write about, I want to be sure the book is an authentically correct rendition of life in that time period."

How does a writer come up with an idea for a story? "I actually got the idea for this novel when I was lap swimming," laughs Lyn. "That is really boring exercise so I make up stories in my head. I always had a fascination with historical novels and I couldn't get this potential story off my brain."

Lyn says she was a curiosity-filled child, so when her family moved to Paris for a year for her stepdad's job when Lyn was 12, she "got hooked" on travel and exploring foreign places and ways of life. She was enrolled at a French school and quickly had to learn the language. "I'm still able to speak some French, enough to get by. And I loved the French Bistro in the Hong Kong library, where I ate nearly all of my meals while doing research. That city blazes at night but like a good researcher, I hunkered down and accomplished what I traveled so far to do—squinting over hundreds of documents and trying to put the pieces together in my head as my tale continued to unfold."

She's like a Girl Scout--always be prepared

Lyn had been to Hong Kong once before so wasn't afraid to travel alone at age 75. "I chose a hotel where English was spoken. I registered with our State Department, and carried the address and phone number of the U.S. Embassy. I had researched hospitals, just in case, too."

Her "just in case" situation came true when, walking the three blocks from the library to her hotel, she tripped and fell, breaking her nose and kneecap. "The local people were very kind and got me assistance," said Lyn. "A 6 ½ hour stay at St. Paul's hospital included seeing three different doctors, having four X-rays taken, and seeing a certified PT who custom fitted me with a full leg brace and cane. The total bill with (U.S.) $417.22 and that included purchasing the brace and cane!"

Back in early January, 2016, and in order to do more research for the book, Lyn embarked on a 92-day cruise to trace the route her book's characters will take in the novel. She boarded in England, and the cruise wound its way through the Mediterranean, the Red Sea, and the Indian Ocean, eventually giving Lyn three research days in Singapore. The ship's itinerary turned out to be a precarious route through some dangerous waters. "Armed guards boarded our Holland America ship as we neared the Suez Canal, and stayed with us until we reached Sri Lanka (Ceylon). These precautions were to make sure we weren't apprehended by pirates or taken hostage in the waters near Yeman or Iran. We were under restriction about 1/3 of the time of that cruise," explained Lyn. "It was unnerving and definitely limited some of the shore trips I had planned to take."

On a lighter note, once she arrived in Singapore, Lyn's book research was sidetracked by a serendipity – an astounding museum exhibit of the recovered cargo from the wreck of a little Arabian ship that sank near Singapore in about the year 828 AD. This is the oldest shipwreck ever found in Asian waters, and Lyn was so taken by that remarkable story, she created a four-part history series – called SHIPWRECK! – which she presented as part of Royal Oaks' Learning Tree Lectures in June, 2018.

Even with this deviation, many pages of the Hong Kong novel were drafted during her three-month adventure from Europe to Asia and now, nearly three years later, thanks to helpful Hong Kong librarians, more pages will be added to Lyn's ever-growing manuscript.

A true writer. . . and lots of other things!

After gaining an undergraduate degree in Political Science and a Masters in Human Resources Management, and before discovering that she could write, Lyn took on a variety of interesting jobs -- juvenile probation counselor, study abroad saleswoman, Registrar for a small junior college, among others. Then, in the mid-1990s, she began to write novels. "I have eight books in various stages right now," explains Lyn. "One has been published—"Captivation Waltz" -- under my pen name of Polly Vogler Renwick."

When pushed for a completion date for "When the Mail Comes," Lyn artfully dodged that subject. "I really dig the process of writing. Having the book published will be icing on the cake, but the fun for me is the twists and turns it takes in my head. It's such a kick to be the first one to hear the whole story.  And because I don't have to worry about anything because I live at Royal Oaks, I can leave for three months and do my research."

For more information about how Royal Oaks can help you pursue your next big adventure,  today  or give us a call at (623) 815-4132.

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