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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' resident Ken Pierick receives Volunteer of the Year Award

Posted: 6/15/2017

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. This video celebrates Ken's award. See the photos of the staff, board, and family members who attended the award dinner to honor Ken.

Marketing Director Vicki Ullery summed up why she chose Ken Pierick to nominate: "Since the day Ken and his wife, Carol, moved in, they wanted to be involved. Ken's love of music led him to begin two musical groups that perform all over campus. His was the first hand raised whenever audio assistance was needed for our programs, since his previous volunteering was working with theater groups. He's simply amazing with his ideas and energy level. I couldn't be more excited that Leading Age Arizona also saw how special Ken is."

Read why Ken won this prestigious award:

Royal Oaks Resident Ken Pierick has perfect hearing….and yet he has become the champion of the hearing impaired at Royal Oaks. "Ken changed my life. I've been deaf in one ear since WWII," said resident Walter Oleszkowicz, "and the hearing in my other ear has gotten just as bad over the years. I was avoiding all the wonderful entertainment and informative classes we have in the auditorium because I couldn't hear the presenters due to my hearing loss. Thanks to Ken, I've got my life back." In fact, hundreds of lives have been enriched through Ken's efforts.

Hearing aids are limited in their use when background noise is an issue. Ken started the Auditorium Hearing Assistance Program, installing FM transmitters in our auditorium that work with wireless headsets, allowing residents to fully participate in music programs, lectures, and discussion groups, regardless of their hearing deficits. He held numerous workshops for residents to explain the system and then worked one-on-one for those who were unable to attend the workshops. He assembled a volunteer team who are responsible for checking out the receivers during auditorium programs, and created a contract for residents to sign who wanted to keep the receivers long-term. He sets up shop monthly to be the battery-tester guy, to ensure the receivers continue to work and provide enjoyment to residents who otherwise could not hear the programs. He's now taking this Hearing Assistance Program to our Chapel and other parts of the campus.

Ken's wife was so pleased with the Sennheiser headset system he installed in their apartment, allowing her to appreciate TV programs better, she started telling others about it and the word got around. Ken orders the systems online for residents who don't use the computer. He then installs them in the residents' apartments, so they too can have a happier audio experience in their own home and loud TV noises don't vibrate into the hallways.

Ken is currently working on a project with our technology staff that will allow residents who are unable to attend events in the auditorium in person to enjoy all programs through our closed-circuit TV system. Up until now, if a performer brought their own audio system and chose not to plug into our main system, residents viewing on the TV system couldn't hear the program, they could only see it. Ken researched options and discovered a work-around to this problem, which will be implemented this year.

How did Ken develop an interest in audio? Ken has an interesting left brain/right brain balance. With his right-brain, he manages and plays clarinet in two music groups on campus: The Royalaires and Take Note. Each month, those groups play in all the Assisted Living Centers and also entertain in the main lobby for independent residents, often drawing a standing-room only crowd. His engineering career kicks his left brain into action and that's where his mission to help residents hear more fully turned Ken into the "hearing guy" across our community. Ken gets joy out of the process of discovery—his engineering mind—and making people happy—his creative side. Thanks to Ken and his willingness to use his talents to enhance the quality of life for others.

Ken is in good company. Last year, Dick Herrmann from Royal Oaks won the Volunteer of the Year award. We are so fortunate to have such philanthropic residents.

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