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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

Main Phone

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.


What's the Difference between a 55+ Community and Royal Oaks?

Posted: 8/13/2018

Many retirees have heard about, and perhaps considered moving to a 55+ community – with services and amenities designed to make life easier, there's a definite appeal. However, not as many retirees are aware of communities like Royal Oaks, where you live independently in homes or apartments in a large neighborhood setting and all maintenance is done for you, fitness opportunities abound, chef-prepared meals are included, activities galore beckon (poker anyone? wine club before Happy Hour? how about line dancing?), and transportation for fun and necessity are just a phone call away. The main difference between Royal Oaks and a 55+ community is that here, assisted living, memory support, and nursing care are tucked into the campus in the event your health needs ever require it. If the services and amenities of a 55+ community appeal to you, we encourage you to check out CCRCs, also known as Life Plan communities, which offer the services and amenities, plus the peace-of-mind that comes with knowing your community is equipped to provide on-campus long-term care or nursing care services if and when you should need them.

Royal Oaks is a not-for-profit Life Plan Community and offers an abundance of options for living, wellness, and care. The key concept is that a resident will never need to move again, regardless of healthcare needs that may arise over time. And if you run out of funds because you outlive your money, our not-for-profit Foundation pays your monthly service package so you will always live in a splendid environment. Read more about for-profit vs. not-for-profit retirement communities.

Royal Oaks has numerous advantages that 55+ communities and even other Life Plan communities don't offer. For example, upon returning from a hospital stay, our Medicare providers on campus are available to get you back on your feet. It's easy heading upstairs to our on-site dental clinic, and joining in a balance or yoga class in our Fitness Center may help keep you from repeating a hospital visit. The RNs who staff our wellness centers have a mission to keep you independent and provide services and suggestions along those lines. Our 24-hour security staff professionals are also EMTs, assisting with small or less-small emergencies that may arise. If you need more help, temporarily or permanently, all those services and center are here on our 50+ acre campus.

In a Life Plan Community, you pay a one-time entrance fee and a monthly fee that does not increase as you or your spouse need a higher level of living. You can live in luxury without worrying about running out of money due to ever-rising long-term-care costs. An exploratory visit with us will explain the various financial options, allowing if you have long-term-care insurance, and other factors in your unique situation.

Read what just one resident said:

"After we retired, we spent a few years living on a boat, and then we moved to Sun City Grand," explains Ken Pierick, a Royal Oaks resident who moved in with wife Carol in 2013.

"We can honestly say that Royal Oaks offers us the freedom of independence that we had when living in Grand but life is so much easier here. I still head up many musical activities, just like I did at Grand, and am actively involved in our hearing assistance program, helping hearing-impaired residents by installing devices that contribute to a higher quality of life. And always-social Carol jumped right in with her needlework, forming new groups with similar talent. No roof repair, no yard maintenance, no appliances to buy if one breaks, we don't even have to change our own light bulbs! The social opportunities over dinner and cocktails have resulted in making new lifelong friends, although we still keep in touch with our Grand neighborhood, too. Carol's recent health problems have made our decision to move in sooner rather than later truly a blessing. We're still able to maintain our life together (60 years of marriage this year!) and have the support of all Royal Oaks amenities and services, along with the residents and staff. I want to tell everyone that they should be looking at Royal Oaks now, while they are still able to enjoy the great amenities offered here. Royal Oaks' mantra is to spoil us while we're independent and then take really good care of us when we require it. I can attest that they fulfill that mission over and over." Watch the video interview with Ken and Carol

We invite you to visit and speak with residents like Ken and Carol and many others who often say, "I wish I had moved in five years before I did."

Call 623-815-4132 to arrange a personal visit, linger over a meal, and discover why a Life Plan Community may be right for you.

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