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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

To inquire about making Royal Oaks your home:

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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.


"Winers" Find Common Ground at Royal Oaks

Posted: 9/19/2018

A former lawyer/minster and his wife, a retired Day Care Center Director, have found fun, fellowship, and frivolity in wineries. They are teaching others about their drink of choice and the joy they have found in introducing others to the grape beverage.

Finding a New Hobby

Royal Oaks Wine Club founders George and Jan Caruso, residents since May 2012, had busy careers and raised a family, hardly ever taking the time to indulge in adult beverages, let alone become experts on wine. After they retired more than 20 years ago, they were teaching classes on Marriage Enrichment in the Indiana area and decided to embark on some hobbies that had stalled because of their busy work lives. Soon the Carusos found themselves owning an RV and driving across the country, where seeking out wineries became a fun goal. "We've tasted wine at little and big wineries and in all states except Alaska and North Dakota," Jan announced with a twinkle in her eye.

Eventually, they settled into Sun City Grand in the West Valley, where Jan found similar like-minded grape enthusiasts. The Carusos began a regular social event, hosted in their home, with the purpose of learning about different kinds of wine and traveling to visit new wineries become more educated. "We love the Hart Winery in Temecula, California," said Jan. There are dozens of wineries in that region and Jan and George continue to seek out some favorites there.

Entertaining and Educating at Royal Oaks

Once the Carusos became Royal Oaks residents and as word spread of their enthusiasm and knowledge, the dean of The Learning Tree, Royal Oaks' lifelong learning program, asked them to put on a wine-tasting course. The two-day course covered Southern Arizona wines one day and Northern Arizona wines the next. The Carusos have been to all but two or three of the 70 wineries in Arizona so who better to lend insight?

"In addition to tasting wines, we covered how to make a wine tasting room a good experience, how to properly serve and pour wine, and other wine-related topics," said George. The course was so popular that it was repeated three years in a row.

"Arizona has come a long way in the making of wines," commented George. "Our wines here compare very favorably to California and Italy's wines because of the environment, temperature, and soil. Most people are happy to learn about wines right in our back yard—and of course, to drink them!"

The Royal Oaks Wine Club currently includes 72 residents, and has a strong waiting list! The club is broken into three groups of 24 people each because the organizers decided 24 was the perfect number for one-ounce pours from the bottles. At each event, club members taste 5-6 wines and snack on appropriates cheeses and chocolates to complement the wines of the month.

George and Jan don't have a problem with being referred to as "The Winers" and in fact, are proud when they are sought out for an opinion on a wine being served by another resident. The October event for the Wine Club groups is an introduction to Canadian wines by fellow wine enthusiasts and Royal Oaks residents Paula and George Berscheid. They spent a good part of the summer traveling throughout Canada to sample that region's wineries.

Whatever fun is happening on campus, George and Jan raise their hands. This year, they broke out their inner actors as the Johnny Depp and Keira Knightley characters in our Pirates of the Caribbean photo shoot for our annual calendar highlighting famous movies.

Join Us for a Wine Club Meeting!

On November 7 from starting at 3 pm on our pool patio, the Carusos are hosting a wine tasting for prospective residents. This is not only a great way to taste some good wine, but a perfect social occasion to meet Royal Oak residents and see what common ground you have. To find out more and register, call 623-815-4132 or  .

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