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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.


Royal Oaks unveils new programs celebrating the arts

Posted: 4/18/2019

If you haven't heard of Zentangle, you are not alone! It was one of the art forms exhibited by Royal Oaks residents at a gala on March 28 that featured 26 Royal Oaks artists.

"Zentangle is an easy to learn method of creating beautiful images from repetitive patterns," explained Karen Bell, who co-created the event with Anne Miller. "It is a fascinating new art form that is fun and relaxing. It increases focus and creativity while providing artistic satisfaction and an increased sense of personal well-being. One of our resident artists has really embraced Zentangle."

"An outstanding representation of many art medias were showcased during the gala," said Anne. "In addition to Zentangle, we had all forms of painting, pysanka (traditional Ukrainian egg decorating), basketry, calligraphy, porcelain painting, ikebana, pottery, sculpture and Stone Carving. This festive social event brought together many talented and innovative works of art. We are thrilled that so many of our residents are willing to share their talents."

Jeanne Cross, one of the residents whose work was on display, has loved art since she was a child. When she first saw Zentangle a few years ago, she was intrigued by the black and white patterns and sought out classes to learn more. "It can be done anywhere at any time with only a micron pen and the appropriate paper," explains Jeanne. Lately Jeanne has been playing around with pens and watercolor or colored pencils.

The evening was topped off with a live concert featuring Nicole Pesce, a celebrated pianist who entertains regularly at the Musical Instrument Museum, and Suzanne Landsford on the violin.

Ruth Clark, pictured here, was the Royal Oaks Featured Artist for the gala evening. Ruth was born on a cotton farm in Cherokee County, S.C., attended local schools, and is a graduate of Strayer Business College in Washington D.C. She worked for the FBI as an Administrative Assistant in Washington and also on several USAF Air Bases, both domestic and abroad. After marrying a Navy man, she lived and traveled throughout the world with him on Navy business. A resident of Royal Oaks for 16 years, Ruth didn't start painting until she retired; her favorite media is oil. She likes to travel (especially with Road Scholar), play bridge, enjoys reading, and most importantly, still has a love of painting.

Ruth's work, along with many of the other artists, can be found in the Royal Oaks Gallery, located in the Life Enrichment Center. If you tour our community, ask to see the Gallery and also model apartment 357, where many of Karen Bell's paintings are on display.

Ongoing artistic opportunities

"We feel very fortunate to have another celebrated artist, Ruth Little, scheduled to teach classes here," said Karen. "She will be teaching colored pencil classes this summer. Her background is fascinating and the residents and future residents who take her classes will not be disappointed."

Ms. Little was born in Northwestern Nebraska farm country and had little exposure to art, artists, or opportunities for art classes, so she became self-taught. Residing outside of the continental United States from 1979-2001 in Indonesia, Australia, New Zealand, Guam, Hawaii and Yap, Micronesia, her focus was personal artistic growth. In Indonesia she worked as a creative animation director and batik color coordinator. In Australia she developed and conducted a drawing and portfolio presentation program for The Youth Adult Bureau in Melbourne, which lead to teaching private watercolor classes and a Gifted and Talented Program in Guam. In Hawaii, she taught watercolor for a Continuing Education Program with the University of Hawaii.

A trip in 1991 to Yap State in the Federated States of Micronesia inspired a move to the small island to paint. The Yap Department of Education offered her an opportunity to teach eight local young men to be illustrators. The four languages of Yap had just become solidified in written form. Two young men from each language group were chosen and their first project was to illustrate alphabet cards for each language to place in schools. The students illustrated a book written by local educators.

Upon her return to the U.S./Colorado in 2001, she taught at Colorado Mountain College, Western Colorado Center of the Arts, and Western Colorado Community College. A move to Seattle in 2006 opened new experiences conducting classes and demos with Daniel Smith Art Stores. In 2014, she moved to Sun City and continues to teach watercolor, colored pencil and drawing at the recreation centers.

If you are a Club Connect member and are interested in learning more about the summer art classes here on campus,  at 623-815-4132.

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