This afternoon, residents and staff spotted celebrating Christmas with themed apparel jumped in front of the video camera and here's the result!
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.
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. 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 Lifecare residents for no increase in your monthly fee.
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!
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.
This afternoon, residents and staff spotted celebrating Christmas with themed apparel jumped in front of the video camera and here's the result!
Clark Spencer, son of Donn and Adrien Spencer, visited over the Thanksgiving weekend and entertained residents with even more knowledge about his work in animated films.
Ken Carlson, the son of Royal Oaks residents Millie and Bob Carlson, was the filmmaker on "Heart of Nuba," a powerful documentary that tells Dr. Tom Catena's story. Ken's visit last week included a mesmerizing look at this war-torn country.
Have you always wanted to learn French? Or maybe you covet computer knowledge? Do you have a burning desire to learn to clog? Travel or films more your style? We have a club for nearly everything, it seems!
The Cameo Club ladies are entertainers who have this one thing in common--they have all been contestants in The Ms Senior Arizona Pageant within the past 25 years. And their fees are all donated to victims of domestic violence.
November 11 is always a special day at Royal Oaks as we salute the dozens of veterans--residents and staff--who have kept our country free.
Since 2014, a dedicated group of Royal Oaks residents have been crafting wooden toys to give to children at Phoenix Children's Hospital, crisis centers, and dozens of other organizations that help less privileged children. What started out as a small project has blossomed into a close-knit group of men and women who gather in our wood shop to make and paint toys of all kinds. The celebration last week was in honor of the 10,000th toy produced.
Years ago, Karen Slater learned about Quilts of Valor and she was so moved she started her own movement using the hobby near and dear to her heart--quilting.
Brad Breeding from My LifeSite suggests you consider these valuable steps you and your family can take to prepare in advance of a health emergency. But perhaps one of the most proactive steps you can take when it comes to pre-crisis planning is to consider if you might want to relocate to a senior living community such as a continuing care retirement community (CCRC, also called a life plan community) like Royal Oaks.
Ken Carlson, the son of Royal Oaks residents Millie and Bob Carlson, is the filmmaker who tells Dr. Catena's story in this powerful documentary. Club Connect members are welcome to attend.
Royal Oaks annual resident Halloween party brought out the dancers, goblins, and some very unique costumes!
Royal Oaks volunteers were celebrated this month with a volunteer reception that included games, speeches, and an emcee that kept everyone laughing.
Our Sun City, Arizona retirement community has had a long commitment to keeping employees fit and well. Our efforts have paid off!
Looking at senior living communities is exciting and this article from "Where You Live Matters" provides excellent information to help you make the most of your initial visit.
Facebook? Yes. Instagram? Yes. Smartphone? Yes (two of them). Alexa? Yes, a new best friend. As a lover of how easy technology makes my life, I hope everyone embraces it, but it's not always so easy to stay current, says Vicki Ullery, Royal Oaks Director of Marketing.
To provide a higher level of resident safety and peace of mind, Royal Oaks has added six Emergency Medical Technicians (EMTs) to the security staff.
Midwestern University's Bright Light, Shining Stars Gala last weekend was a celebration honoring the University's scholarship recipients and business partners.
Royal Oaks has been chosen by Arizona State University to participate in a study funded by the National Science Foundation, involving technology and our residents.
Submit your questions about Medicare, Medicaid and long-term care to Next Avenue and they will provide answers in a future article.
Sun Life Magazine's October issue dedicated to senior living featured a two-page spread about retirement options. Royal Oaks resident Claudia Rumwell said it best "If we can be less stressed as we age, we'll probably be healthier longer."
Raising more than $3600 for hurricane victims was the outcome of a wine and cheese social event organized by Paula and George Berscheid, Royal Oaks residents since 2014 (and wine and cheese connoisseurs).
When was the last time you talked with a military veteran about their service? If you didn't grow up in a military family and don't know many service members or veterans, maybe you've never had a conversation like that. After all, it can feel uncomfortable bringing up a topic that feels both very personal and politically charged. Read this article to see how The Telling Project is bridging this chasm using the power of theater.
According to Next Avenue, it may be possible and here are seven options to explore.
A continuing care retirement community (CCRC) can help couples prepare for the challenges that an unknown future may offer. CCRCs provide a continuum of servicesfrom independent living to nursing-home level health carethat is available if and when needed. If, after moving into a CCRC, one spouse eventually needs a higher level of health care services, the couple can still be together at the retirement community.
We all know regular exercise is beneficial: mentally, physically and emotionally. We also know it can be hard to motivate ourselves sometimes, especially if we are dealing with the pain of osteoarthritis.
Royal Oaks residents and staff joined together September 11 to remember the victims and survivors of that fateful day in 2001.
Hawaiian dancers, lots of luau shirts, food (always), and laughter all around made celebrating Hawaii statehood day a ton of fun for Royal Oaks' residents and staff.
Surprises are never fun and when the excitement of entering your dream continuing care lifecare community comes to a halt because you've waited too long healthwise, your plans could be significantly altered. Plan ahead and enter before health circumstances may mean taking a different approach.
Virginia MacPhail, a Royal Oaks resident, is pictured here with Dina Capek, our Health Services Director. Dina presented Virginia flowers last week in celebration of 28 years at Royal Oaks and Virginia's 100th birthday.
Next Avenue's Richard Eisenberg provides education on what a new report recommends to keep staggering long-term-care costs from putting us in the poorhouse.
Royal Oaks resident Claudia Rumwell and attorney Allison Kierman presented a two-part seminar, "Celebrity Wills Can Be Wacko, but Yours Doesn't Have to Be" to a very appreciative audience.
Plan Your Lifespan is a free resource that prompts older people to plan for predictable problems like falls and to communicate in advance about their preferences on how to handle them.
Food, friends, fun, and of course, dancing highlighted the Independence Day party at Royal Oaks this week.
When you visit model homes, do you envy the decor? Do you think it would be fun to have all new furniture without the hassle of shopping? Would you like to sell your current furniture and start afresh?
Even our rather warm Arizona temps didn't deter little Eddie from visiting Grandma Donna this past week. They found a great 3D puzzle to work on together and it is displayed for all to enjoy.
A daytime sock hop and ice cream social augmented the myriad of other events in June that got residents from all buildings on campus and staff enjoying a mid-day break.
"Bingo" was heard ringing throughout the Care Center activity room today as a group of joyous children beat the heat and tried to beat our residents at a few rousing games of bingo.
Marilee Reetz has lived at Royal Oaks 10 years. She writes about a temporary stay she had in our Care Center. As a Lifeplan Community (CCRC), Royal Oaks is proud to offer independent living, assisted care, memory support, and nursing care on our 40-acre campus.
Premiering this month on HBO is a funny documentary by comedian Carl Reiner.
A provocative article, adapted from the new book Entitlemania by Richard Watts, says parents should ask themselves a key question before leaving children their estate.
A Google search by a creative Royal Oaks Care Center Life Enrichment staff member resulted in recycling ties into colorful snakes--a prominent visitor in the summer desert.
The woodworking skills of Royal Oaks Retirement Community residents are making the lives of disadvantaged people a bit nicer through a collaboration with the Phoenix Dream Center.
Letting things go too far can precipitate a crisis, explains Joanna Nesbit (Next Avenue). If your aging parents in Phoenix's west valley need help, a lifeplan community like Royal Oaks may be just the answer.
Monsoon season is approaching and we at Royal Oaks know the hot and humid weather will have allergy sufferers reaching out for advice. With the weather working against you, here are ways to limit symptoms, says Robin Wilson (Next Avenue).
At Royal Oaks, we are extremely proud of our state-of-the-art memory care center and are applauding Scott Tarde, CEO of George G. Glenner Alzheimer's Family Centers in California. Tarde and his team are building the Glenner Town Square, an actual town for people with memory loss. Sherri Snelling (Next Avenue) explains in more detail.
Whether you are looking for a lifeplan retirement community like Royal Oaks or doing some early planning and thinking about letting go of the 9-5 work life, read what the experts say about the keys to a happy retirement. Plus, some of these eight books may enlighten you, says Richard Eisenberg (Next Avenue).
Recent research has found that bilingualism changes the brain structurally and functionally for the better and helps stave off dementia. As an older adult, you have skills that can help and your brain will thank you, says Bill Ward (Next Avenue).
Your knees limiting your ability to move as easily or quickly? Maybe they're keeping you from doing even the most basic of activities? Find out what's causing your knee pain and how to get help. The common culprits, plus treatments to consider are reviewed here by Emily Gurnon (Next Avenue).
"If her doctors had used only her advance directive as a guide, she might not have been intubated and probably would not be here now. Things are not always black and white during a health crisis," says Dr. Kathryn B. Kirkland (Next Avenue).
Leading Age Arizona has awarded Kendra Eberhart with the 2017 Award of Honor. She is pictured here accepting last year's Business Partner of the Year award from Benevilla.
Volunteer extraordinaire Ken Pierick has received the Volunteer of the Year Award from Leading Age Arizona. He is pictured here performing with his band, The Royalaires.
The Royal Oaks management team headed to the Habitat for Humanity ReStore yesterday to help employees there.
Retired people past that age are the most joyful. Here's why, says Shayla Stern for Next Avenue.
Balance declines with age, but you can take steps now to avoid an injury, says Next Avenue. Royal Oaks Retirement Community helps residents with numerous fall-prevention and balance classes!
It has been associated with other issues of older adults, such as dementia. Dr. Leslie Kernisan, MD, explains in this article from Next Avenue.
A group of gardening enthusiasts at Royal Oaks have discovered the joy in growing tomatoes, peppers, zucchini, and herbs.
On May 6, residents and staff swung, putted, and high-fived as they enjoyed a day on the golf course.
You have no idea how good Gene Kelly was at dancing until you watch this video!
It's more common, simpler and cheaper than ever. Is it right for you? John Welsh for Next Avenue gives the details. By John Welsh
In this lively and inspiring collection of 80 essays, such illustrious achievers as Donald Hall, Pat Boone, Tab Hunter, Ruta Lee, The Amazing Kreskin, George Lois, Richard ("Mr. Debonair") Dwyer, Dr. Ruth Heidrich, David Black, and Caroll Spinney reveal how they are having meaningful, dynamic lives at 80 and beyond.
Follow these 9 steps to find the fountain of youth bubbling inside you, says Betty Finney for Next Avenue.
Research has shown that recognizing the good may improve well-being, says Tina L. Kies for Next Avenue
'Prehabilitation' is slowly being recognized as valuable for success after a procedure says Judith Graham for Next Avenue
Two prestigious awards granted to Royal Oaks, the naming of a new Facilities Director, profiles of five residents certainly worth getting to know, and more in this quarter's issue of Reaching Out.
Turns out there are lots of ways to see the world and people to help you do it. Where will you go next? This author is proof that even those with mobility issues can dive in Fiji and kayak in the Arctic, by Bart Astor for Next Avenue.
Today's 65-year-old can expect to live another two decades. How to plan now for great, quality care later in life, as researched by Chris Farrell for Next Avenue.
A new resident couple was all the talk at the Royal Oaks Valentine's Day dance on campus: "Did you see that smartly dressed couple gracing the dance floor?" "They dance beautifully." "What moves they have!" "How much fun they were having!"
Prospects toured 23 different floor plans and were hosted by charming residents like Ginger Pinneke, pictured here, in Royal Oaks first Parade of Homes.
These music enthusiasts have joined the Royal Oaks community and have filled our campus with song!
Royal Oaks' Director of Nursing from 1990-96, Anne Miller, RN, is now an energetic Royal Oaks resident, living with husband Jim in a personalized Mesquite independent living apartment, volunteering and dashing through the halls, always with a purpose.
Certified Facility Manager aims to keep the Royal Oaks campus in top-top shape.
The 'Shark Tank'-like event was held to inspire innovation and funding, says John Koopman for Next Avenue
Bill Gasta is understandably proud of his grandson, Ethan, a Tulane University junior, who was part of a team awarded first place in a NASA competition that may have great potential for our future in space. He is pictured here (bottom row, second from left).
Royal Oaks resident Judi Didcoct has a passion for volunteering and for travel. So she combines the two to help people all over the world.
Summit Healthcare Group provides on-site PT, OT, and speech therapy, along with home healthcare and hospice services, to Royal Oaks residents. And we want to applaud them for their caring work with veterans.
Do you want to know just five ways that tech products will help us age well? Read this article by Jim Pagliarini from Next Avenue about his visit to CES 2017. Caregiving robots and vital sign "tattoos" made the top five.
Experts disagree on whether it's worth going under the knife, says Linda Melone, CSCS for Next Avenue
As Irish luck would have it, we've found St. Patrick's Day drink recipes, some with alcohol and some without, that are festive but won't turn your tongue (very) green. Ditch the green beer and try these four festive beverages.
It's natural to procrastinate, but make this a priority for your loved ones, says Debbie Reslock (Next Avenue)
Karen L. Pepkin and Wendell C. Taylor (Next Avenue) talk about their book "Senior Wonders"
Eight tips for home "unfurnishing" for boomers desperate to unload family heirlooms, by Richard Eisenberg (Next Avenue)
A six-piece band from Peoria, A Touch of Gray, got residents dancing the night away at this year's Valentine's Day bash.
Clark Spencer, son of Adrien and Donn Spencer, Royal Oaks residents, produced the hit animated smash movie, Zootopia. He walked away with the Golden Globe award in January. He's pictured here on the left.
The planning for Royal Oaks 6th Annual Golf Tournament for current residents, future residents, and staff is gearing up!
Next Avenue invited their 2016 Influencers in Aging to write essays about the one thing they would like to change about aging. At Royal Oaks, we embrace the contributions and wisdom that "older persons" bring to our campus. Case in point: the computer-savvy resident "power users group" who met today with three members of the management team.
A fun, outdoor event uniting current and future residents with staff will be held February 22 when four gourmet food trucks serve up a variety of lunch options at Royal Oaks Retirement Community. $2 from every meal purchased will be donated to the American Heart Association since February is American Heart Month.
If you like group travel, join Royal Oaks residents in our many Road Scholar programs scheduled for 2017!
On March 7 and 8, on the Royal Oaks campus, a themed Film Festival, Things Are Seldom What They Seem," will be held and Club Connect members are invited to participate.
Teal was the color to wear on February 9 as the Royal Oaks management team served as volunteers at the 9th Annual West Valley Ovarian Cancer Alliance golf tournament. $19,000 was raised for this worthy cause.
Did you know that your Amazon purchases can increase donations for People of Faith Foundation Inc. Amazon has a large variety of gifts that are perfect for Valentine's Day or any day, including electronics, jewelry, clothing, and more.
Royal Oaks lifelong learning programs, the Learning Tree and VitaliTree (focused on mind, body, and spirit), are popular programs that get people involved to learn new things and combat isolation.This author says we can solve the problem of social isolation by thinking differently about senior housing and what it offers. By Tim Carpenter for Next Avenue
How obsessing over protein could be harmful to your health, says Rashelle Brown for Next Avenue
Making communities friendlier for those with dementia is the goal for the ambitious Dementia Friendly America initiative, says Beth Baker for Next Avenue
Among the problems: doctors who view depression and anxiety in older adults as 'normal,' says Terry Fulmer for Next Avenue.
A groundbreaking study examines the health benefits of making music as we age, by Deborah Quilter for Next Avenue
Writing a personal life story can be daunting but help awaits! At Royal Oaks, for the past two years, residents Helen Slemons and Jim Putz have been teaching a seven-week class, Writing a Life Story, as part of Learning Tree, our lifelong learning program.
Royal Oaks new Club Connect program allows future residents to experience life as a resident, with meals, activities, one-on-ones with management, and even a free foot massage!
What makes some people age more quickly than others? What exactly is aging? And can we do anything about the speed at which we grow old? Authors Elizabeth Blackburn, a molecular biologist, and Elissa Epel, a health psychologist, offer answers in a fascinating new book, The Telomere Effect: A Revolutionary Approach to Living Younger, Healthier, Longer.
Halfway through, I've got a pile of junk and gained some wisdom, too, says Liza Kaufman Hogan for Next Avenue.
Those milestone birthdays can add up to major savings, says Irene S. Levine for Next Avenue