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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 Retirement Community Lands International Chef

Posted: 8/15/2019

Acclaimed Chef Paul Kennedy is the new Director of Innovation and Culinary Operations at Royal Oaks Retirement Community. He arrived in May from prestigious global positions.

Chef Paul, as he is known, was raised in Stratford Upon Avon, England, where he studied catering and hospitality at the college there. Upon graduation, he was recruited to Amsterdam, Holland, then back to Newcastle on Tine (England), where he worked in both locations with Maître De Cuisine Albert Roux, the first chef to hold three Michelin stars outside France.  

A sense of humor does not elude Chef Paul. "Yes, I've trained with the best chefs and I was also part of a team while in culinary school that still remains the World Record Holder in crafting the world's biggest steak and kidney pie. It was 10.54 tons and that record will probably not be beaten for a very long time."

"There was no better training ground for me as a new chef than to work with Albert Roux. Those 8 years provided me the foundation for classic French cuisine." said Kennedy. "I was also fortunate to work in Abu Dhabi and Dubai for 10 years where, among other things, I was the Chef for the Formula 1 Circuit. Because of the exposure I received in such a high-profile position, I was a regular on TV shows for cooking demonstrations. I really enjoy showcasing different dishes." See Chef Paul in action at the Taste of Dubai.

"I am fortunate that during my career so far I have traveled and trained in England, Holland, Dubai, France, and Bangkok to name a few.  I am excited and looking forward to giving the residents of Royal Oaks some cuisine from my travels. I'm planning to introduce many new taste to tickle their pallets, like Pad Nuer grapow (Beef stir fried in oyster sauce with garlic, red chili & Thai basil); Chicken Salona (aromatic Middle Eastern chicken & tomato stew);  Daube de beouf (Beef braised slowly in beef stock, red wine, thyme & garlic);  Bangers & Mash (Oven roasted English sausages, creamy champ mash, red onion gravy);  Beef Wellington (Tenderloin, mushrooms, crepes wrapped in puff pastry)."  Chef Paul's creations are so colorful and vivid that they are showcased on this special page. Check back often to see what he is presenting this week!

Another engagement Chef Paul values is when he was named Chef for the American Ryder Cup team in 2002 at The Belfry Hotel in England, rubbing shoulders with Tiger Woods, Phil Mickleson, and other of the world's top golfers.

While employed by Emirates Hospitality Group for 10 years, Chef Paul had responsibility for operations, planning, design, development, training, and opening of restaurants around the Middle East and Asia. With an American wife urging him to live in the U.S., Chef Paul relocated to Washington, DC five years ago, where he began his own business of catering and personal chef.

"We were searching for a Culinary Director and found Chef Paul. You can imagine how excited we were to recruit him to Arizona," said Royal Oaks Food Services Director Mark Schroeder. "Upscale retirement communities like Royal Oaks understand the importance of fresh food and variety for our residents. Chef Paul has already introduced many varieties of cuisine. We can't wait to see each week what new dishes he has up his sleeve." 

If you would like to sample Chef Paul's cuisine, arrange a visit by calling 623-815-4132 or  .

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