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, sixteen communities — each with its own unique personality and style — serve more than nine 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 16 communities 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 the formation of the company in 1997, Sam has been instrumental in the ongoing growth and expansion of what has become a regional senior housing provider. Through his efforts, Ridge Care, Inc. continues to grow through new projects and acquisitions. Sam has worked in the senior healthcare industry since 1992, holding various positions in skilled nursing and assisted living. Graduating from High Point University in 1990, Sam has a B.A. degree in Sociology with a minor in Business Administration and Economics. He is an active board member with several community and area organizations.

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Marc Maready

serves as Ridge Care’s Chief Operating Officer. In this role, Marc provides day-to-day oversight of the company’s 16 independent, assisted living, and memory care communities and ensures they’re keeping their promise to the residents they serve. Marc provides strategic leadership of initiatives aimed at streamlining and simplifying the systems and processes that support the holistic needs of residents and deliver an improved resident care experience. Marc has been a conference presenter for various senior living organizations, including the North Carolina Assisted Living Association, the West Virginia Assisted Living Association, and HealthTac, and he’s a member of the American Seniors Housing Association Rising Leaders organization. A native North Carolinian, Marc is a graduate of The University of North Carolina at Wilmington with a degree in English and political science.

Steve Bailey

serves as the Chief Financial Officer. 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.


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