From assisted living to specialized memory care and retirement living with assisted services, the care you or your loved one needs is available in a warm, inviting, and homelike setting.

Read About Our History

We opened our first assisted living community in Walnut Cove, NC, back in 1997. People, we found, liked being able to get first-class care in an environment that felt more like a home than a care center. As demand grew, so did Ridge Care. In time, Ridge Care pioneered a retirement living model that provided the best in independent living coupled with available assisted services.  Today, thirteen communities — each with its own unique personality and style — serve more than five-hundred residents from the mountains of West Virginia and North Carolina to the Carolina coast.

We’re privately owned and operated, and our home office is positioned in the middle of the Triad. That means our company’s leadership is able to stay connected with each of our communities and gives us the opportunity to be good corporate citizens to the greater communities we serve. And speaking of our company’s leadership, our executive team boasts more than 110 years of cumulative experience in the senior living and healthcare industries. Together, they provide a bold vision for unparalleled care that focuses on the needs of the individual.

Suffice it to say, Ridge Care has raised the bar for excellence in senior living alternatives for North Carolina and West Virginia. We’re proud of our assisted living and retirement living communities and the caring, compassionate team members who provide outstanding care for our residents around the clock. But don’t take our word for it — come see the Ridge Care difference for yourself by scheduling a tour or a complimentary two-night “test drive” stay today. We think the closer you look, the more you’ll like us.


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Jeff Dickerson

is co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of Ridge Care, Inc. operating retirement and assisted living communities located in North Carolina and West Virginia. Ridge Care, which was co-founded by Jeff in 1997, currently operates 12 properties with over 1,200 employees. Summit Care at Home, a home care agency and Peak Pharmacy are also under his direction, providing services to residents within the Ridge Care network of communities and beyond. Jeff resides in Kernersville, North Carolina, the headquarters of Ridge Care, Inc. He has a B.S. degree in Healthcare Management from Virginia Commonwealth University and over 25 years of experience in multi-family housing to include nursing home, assisted living and retirement living communities. He is an active member of the American Senior Housing Association Board of Directors and supports local agencies pertaining to senior healthcare.

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Sam Hooker

is co-founder and executive vice president of Ridge Care, Inc. Since co-founding the company in 1997, Sam has been instrumental in managing services, sales and marketing, operating systems, policies and procedures, human resources, budgets and financial management, risk management, resident care, as well as development and construction oversight. Through his efforts, Ridge Care, Inc. continues to grow through new projects and acquisitions. Currently, Ridge Care, Inc. owns and operates 12 properties with over 1,200 employees, with additional communities in development. Sam has worked in the senior healthcare industry since 1992, holding operational management positions within North Carolina. Graduating from High Point University in 1990, Sam has a B.A. degree in Sociology with a minor in Business Administration and Economics. Sam is involved in several civic activities and boards and has helped facilitate development of housing and assisted living in Haiti.

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Steve Bailey

serves as the Chief Financial Officer/Senior Vice President of Operations at Ridge Care, Inc. He joined the company in 2006 as Vice President of Operations and has since transitioned into his current role. Steve has extensive experience in assuring budgeted census and financial expectations are met while ensuring regulations and guidelines set forth by the state as well as Ridge Care are met. Prior to joining Ridge Care, Inc., Steve spent more than 20 years in the senior healthcare industry serving as Operational Directors for Carillon Assisted Living, Balanced Care Corporation, Alterra Healthcare and American Care Communities. Steve is a 1990 graduate of Virginia Commonwealth University, receiving a B.S. degree in Healthcare Management with a concentration in Long Term Care Management.

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Tracey Dobson

is Vice President of Operations at Ridge Care, Inc., joining the company in 2005. She oversees the day to day operations of Ridge Care assisted living communities located in North Carolina. Tracey works with Executive Directors to ensure that each property is in compliance with Ridge Care, Inc. and state policies, procedures and regulations. She provides operational oversight and marketing support to six assisted living communities and four retirement living communities and is the Risk Management Operator for all 13 Ridge Care, Inc. communities. With 20+ years of nursing and senior healthcare management experience, Tracey works with Resident Care Directors overseeing clinical procedures to ensure the level of care received by our residents meets and/or exceeds Ridge Care, Inc. standards. She also serves as the Director of Summit Care at Home supervising RN’s who provide in-network care services to our retirement living residents. Tracey has a degree in nursing as a Registered Nurse from Greensboro Technical Community College. She is an active board member of the North Carolina Association of Long Term Care Facilities.

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Marc Maready

serves as Ridge Care’s Vice President of Sales and Marketing – a role in which he leads the company’s overall business development efforts, including sales, marketing, advertising, and public relations functions. Marc works closely with each of Ridge Care’s 12 communities to develop and implement innovative, results-focused strategies for gaining market share and enhancing the customer experience. Prior to joining Ridge Care, Marc spent a decade in key marketing leadership positions in the real estate and retail industries, most recently managing marketing communications for a large, Outer Banks-based independent retailer with twenty locations in three Eastern states. Marc earned a bachelor’s degree in English and political science from The University of North Carolina at Wilmington.

Remember: insist on the best care — insist on Ridge Care.