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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
[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.


Royal Oaks partners with ASU on the use of technology for seniors

Posted: 10/20/2017

The rapid pace of technological advances holds significant promise to address rising challenges for smart cities and smart community development. However, infusing these technological innovations into continuing care retirement facilities has lagged compared with other applications. Why?

Is it that aging populations are viewed as relatively "isolated" with limited social connections?

Is it because of a stereotypic view that older adults have less technological prowess?

ASU wants to learn why and identify ways to bring the benefits of connected communities to continuing care retirement facilities (CCRC). They have chosen Royal Oaks as one of just four CCRCs in the greater Phoenix area to participate in this study.

The University leads the nation in developing use-inspired partnerships with the surrounding community. The National Science Foundation recently awarded a Phase 1 grant to a team of ASU researchers to start identifying "smart" technologies that could enhance quality of life and build a sense of community in continuing care retirement communities. The findings from Phase 1 will set the direction for Phase 2, when researchers will develop novel technologies and test them in local continuing care retirement facilities.

The first step in Phase 1 is to gather input from residents Royal Oaks. Volunteers will complete a short survey that assesses the community and technology baseline in the following categories:

  1. Social connection. How can technology help senior residents to be connected with their social circles?
  2. Physical mobility. Many seniors have restricted options for transportation. What technology-driven services (e.g., ride-sharing, self-driven vehicles) may help improve mobility? How receptive are senior residents to these new technologies?
  3. Access to Health Information. There are a number of health information portals to inform older adults about maintaining their health. How often do senior residents seek information from these web sites or other sources for health? Is there a desire to have individual "health mentors" who are tailored to provide the most relevant health information in an easily understandable manner? Is privacy a concern in assessing healthcare portals?
  4. Health Monitoring. If we are to design sensors for senior health monitoring, what are the important factors (e.g., convenience)? What are the key expected functions of the sensors?
  5. Smart Home. Older adults on average spend 87% time indoors. What are the key factors in providing a comfortable living environment (e.g., indoor air quality, air conditioning, automatic lighting)? How important is it to automate the residential building controls (e.g., heating, air-conditioning, ventilation, water quality) to satisfy occupant's comfort and health? 

We're eager to discover the results of this multi-phased project and hope it leads to groundbreaking technological advances.

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