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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
[email protected]


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.


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Memory Support - Friendship House

An Exceptional Experience in Memory Care

Memory Care is not new to Royal Oaks. Since 1984 we have cared for and supported residents and their families who have memory loss. We have expanded those memory care services, starting with a building, Friendship House, dedicated to providing a familiar, home-like setting, and specially trained staff committed to giving Alzheimer's and dementia care that is innovative and structured. In 2016, Friendship House won the Leading Age/Arizona award for Innovation in Environmental Design. You can view the 2-minute video that explains why. You may want to read this brief educational report that helps you recognize the 10 signs of dementia or Alzheimer's.

Every element of our memory care community has been carefully designed to meet the unique needs of people with memory loss and their families. Friendship House is included in the Lifecare contract for Royal Oaks residents and memory care residency is also available on a monthly fee basis for non-residents. This checklist may be useful as you explore options for your loved one.

Our Alzheimer's and dementia care experience has shown us that those with memory loss thrive when a number of key factors are present.

  • Certified and experienced staff are committed to making Friendship House a home for our residents in need of memory support. To maintain a non-clinical atmosphere, the caregivers are called Companions. Companions provide friendship and support for our memory care residents and their families. Mutual admiration, respect, and fun are the hallmarks of Companion-Resident relationships. Each Companion is a Certified Caregiver. Our campus' on-site Director of Health Services is an RN with a Bachelor and Master's degrees in Nursing.  We advocate the Virtual Dementia Tour, a special course provided to staff, residents, family, and friends to experience what a resident with dementia may experience. This provides our nurses and companions with a more complete understanding of the challenges our memory care residents may face.
  • The residential setting in our memory care community is conducive to exploration both indoors and outdoors. Abundant therapy gardens and secure backyard within the Friendship House grounds are available where residents can freely and safely explore the outdoors.
  • Memory Care residents have access to community-wide activities and programs. This fosters relationships with staff as well as Independent Living residents - many of whom volunteer at Friendship House.
  • We are intentional about including family members to aid in individualized, resident-centered dementia care. We also encourage inclusion of families in activities and meals.
  • Communication is one of our strengths campus-wide. In the Illingworth Center, the Friendship House, and the Care Center, Caremerge is used widely to increase family engagement. Find out more about Caremerge and how it benefits residents and their loved ones by viewing this short video.

There is much more to tell about Friendship House, our innovative memory care community near Phoenix in Sun City. Call 623-815-4184 for more information or