Forest Ridge Assisted Living received a “Deficiency-Free” survey from the North Carolina Division of Health Service Regulation during the week of March 18.

DHSR works to monitor assisted living communities across the state to ensure they are in compliance with regulations.

“Receiving a perfect rating with no deficiencies is quite an honor,” said Heather Samudio, director of community relations at FRAL. “We are very proud of our entire team for all the hard work and dedication it took to achieve these results. Our team works very hard and puts the needs of the residents’ first. We couldn’t ask for a better team.”

The DHSR surveys are unannounced and are very thorough, examining resident and employee charts, resident rights, staffing and more.

“I am very honored to be part of such a great team who care so much about the residents they serve,” said Amanda Calloway, FRAL executive director. “Their hard work and dedication paid off with this visit and the outcome was greatly deserved.

“More important than what we do is how we do it,” Calloway continued. “At Forest Ridge, we aim to treat each resident with the care and respect each of them deserve and to provide them and their families with the highest quality of professional services.”

Forest Ridge is licensed for up to 60 residents, including 42 in assisted living and 18 in Horizons, a memory care neighborhood. The building opened in 2006 as Villages of Ashe, but transitioned to Forest Ridge Assisted Living in 2012, becoming a part of the Ridge Care team.

Forest Ridge is located off Oakwood Road in West Jefferson. For more information, call Heather at (336) 846-1008 or visit

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