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10015 W. Royal Oak Road
Sun City, Arizona 85351
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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.

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Residences

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.

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Lifestyle

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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Contact Us

Main Phone
623-933-2807 

Address
Royal Oaks Lifecare Community
10015 W. Royal Oak Rd.
Sun City, AZ 85351

To inquire about making Royal Oaks your home:

Marketing Department
623-815-4132

To inquire about career opportunities:

Human Resources
623-815-4145

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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.

Blog Post Archive

We can teach one another when it comes to using technology

Posted: 10/20/2017

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.

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Royal Oaks featured in article on senior living

Posted: 10/17/2017

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."

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The Telling Project helps veterans break the ice

Posted: 9/28/2017

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.

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How CCRC's/Lifeplan Communities can help couples stay together as they age

Posted: 9/28/2017

A continuing care retirement community (CCRC) can help couples prepare for the challenges that an unknown future may offer. CCRCs provide a continuum of services—from independent living to nursing-home level health care—that 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.

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The many benefits of exercise for arthritis

Posted: 9/28/2017

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.

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Royal Oaks remembers 9/11

Posted: 9/13/2017

Royal Oaks residents and staff joined together September 11 to remember the victims and survivors of that fateful day in 2001.

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CCRCs and Prospective Resident Health Evaluations

Posted: 8/28/2017

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.

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Powerful words from a Royal Oaks resident to our CEO

Posted: 6/19/2017

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.

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7 signs your aging parents need extra help

Posted: 6/16/2017

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.

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8 things to avoid this summer if you have allergies

Posted: 6/16/2017

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).

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First U.S. 'Dementia Village' recreates a happier time

Posted: 6/16/2017

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.

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The 9 keys to a happy retirement

Posted: 6/16/2017

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).

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Too old to learn a language? Don't believe it

Posted: 6/16/2017

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).

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What's causing your knee pain?

Posted: 6/16/2017

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).

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When doctors should ignore end-of-life directives

Posted: 6/16/2017

"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).

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How to Avoid Crippling Falls After Age 50

Posted: 5/30/2017

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!

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What's holding you back from expedition travel?

Posted: 5/8/2017

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.

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Grandson of Royal Oaks resident receives prestigious award

Posted: 3/13/2017

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).

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Ditch the term 'senior citizen,' an Influencer in Aging says

Posted: 2/13/2017

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.

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Gourmet food trucks coming to Royal Oaks on February 22

Posted: 2/13/2017

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.

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Royal Oaks supports ovarian cancer research

Posted: 2/10/2017

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.

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Shop at Amazon - support People of Faith Foundation

Posted: 2/3/2017

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.

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A cure for senior loneliness is within our reach

Posted: 2/2/2017

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

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How to eat an elephant. . . one bite at a time

Posted: 1/25/2017

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.

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Join our club. . . and connect!

Posted: 1/25/2017

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!

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The secrets of aging and how to slow it down

Posted: 1/25/2017

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.

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Learning to Swim at 80

Posted: 1/3/2017

Water volleyball, aqua aerobics, water walking, Tai Chi in the water, and lap swimming are just a few of the things Royal Oaks residents do to stay in shape. Our two heated pools are just what the doctor ordered for exercises that are easy on the joints. Many people have found that tackling a lifelong to-do can be really enjoyable. By Louise Jackson for Next Avenue

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What You Need to Know About Tech Support Scams

Posted: 12/8/2016

Chances are, an offer to repair your computer is bogus. I personally know at least six people (including my older mom) who have lost money to this scam in the past year. For most of us, it isn't a question of if we will be approached by this scam, but when. By Steve Baker for Next Avenue

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