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Home Care In Summerfield, NC

Home Care Summerfield, NC

They say that your golden years are the best years of your life. For most older Americans, that's how it should be - a time to relax, reflect, and live life in a familiar place. After all, senior citizens in the U.S. have worked tirelessly to build a better economy, serve their communities, and raise families.

However, as seniors grow older, completing daily tasks like showering and enjoying activities such as visiting the historic Ray gets harder without someone by their side. Unfortunately, many older Americans aren't able to rely on their adult children for help. The reality in today's world is that family members do not have the skills or time to dedicate to caring for their parents. That's where Always Best Care Senior Services comes in.

Our in-home care services are for people who prefer to stay at home as they grow older but need ongoing care that family or friends cannot provide. More and more older adults prefer to live far away from long-term, institutionalized facilities and closer to the place where they feel most comfortable - their home. Home care in Summerfield, NC is a safe, effective way to give your loved ones the care they need when they need it the most.

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The Always Best Care Difference

Since 1996, Always Best Care has provided non-medical in-home care for seniors to help them maintain a healthy lifestyle as they get older. We are proud to have helped more than 25,000 seniors maintain higher levels of dignity and respect. We focus on providing seniors with the highest level of in-home care available so that they may live happily and independently.

Unlike some senior care companies, we genuinely want to be included in our clients' lives. We believe that personalized care is always the better option over a "one size fits all" approach. To make sure our senior clients receive the best care possible, we pair them with compassionate caregivers who understand their unique needs. That way, they may provide care accordingly without compromising their wellbeing.

The Always Best Care difference lies in life's little moments - where compassionate care and trustworthy experience come together to help seniors live a fruitful, healthy life. Whether you are an aging adult that can't quite keep up with life's daily tasks or the child of a senior who needs regular in-home services, Always Best Care is here to help.


“Jaye has been a great caregiver for my Mom. Jaye writes detailed care notes about Mom's day so that we know what is going on even if we live out of town. She goes the extra mile to get Mom out in the sun when the weather is nice and she paints Mom's fingernails, which Mom enjoys. Jaye doesn't hesitate to contact us if Mom needs something or if she has questions. We feel lucky to have her.”

C P.

“We would like to give a shout out to some of the caregivers. We are thankful to have Ms Loretta as a caregiver, she’s very giving, a sweet person, and she works very hard to help us. Such a blessing for Mike and myself. Taylor has such a contagious smile and is so calming for Mike. Always willing to help out however he can. A blessing to us. Tena jumps right in right away as she arrives and is so caring , willing to do whatever task to help ensure all is taken care of and cared for while she’s here. What a blessing Tonya has been for Mike, a contagious caring attitude and willingness to step in and takeover with all things while she’s here. So thankful she’s been put on our caregiver schedule.”


“We are thankful to have Ms Loretta as a caregiver, she’s very giving, a sweet person, and she works very hard to help us. Such a blessing.”


“We have used Always Best for 2 years for my Dad before he passed & now 2 years for my Mom. They are the best! Laura J. With Always Best is phenomenal. She is always pleasant & prompt. She is always willing to go a step beyond to help my Mom in every way with the best attitude!”


“Great staff members to work with from the beginning. Meaning, the recruiter, hiring manager, receptionist, and scheduler. Schedulers are magnificent at finding and replacing hours if needed All staff (including caregivers) REALLY care about thier clients. ????”

Laura J.

“We used Always Best Care Senior Services to assist with 24/7 care in the home of my mother in law. We had used 4 different agencies prior to Always Best, they were exceptional. The quality, compassionate care of the care givers was unmatched and if there was ever a call out - a substitute was sent with in 2 hours. Such peace of mind! I was so impressed with the organization that I ended shifting trajectories in my career and now I am an employee. It was the best decision I ever made! I don't know what took me so long to change! I can not say enough good things about the organization as a consumer and an employee. The Loy family does an amazing job of leading a team of kind, compassionate, caring care givers who give exceptional service.”

Kathleen O.

“Sara Bynum is the best example of a CAREGIVER! Caring is her specialité..She is always prompt, cheerful, patient, industrious, generous, personable, organized, and, additionally, has a delightful sense of humor. I can't sing her praises loud enough!”

Aileen T.

“I am writing for my mother Alice Pearce. We are very happy with the care provided by Jaye. She goes above and beyond in providing loving care for our mother. She always has a good handoff with the previous caregiver and the subsequent caregiver, making sure they know how mother is and what she needs. Mother loves a shower and Jaye is thoughtful in fitting them in when mother wants one and always has her presentable for family visits. She is a good cook and is sensitive to what mother will enjoy, so her appetite is better on Jaye's shift. She is a good communicator with the family and always puts in informative shift notes. She has technical skills. Recently, the facility got a new wifi and she updated the equipment so it all worked. I usually get those calls and she fixed everything without my involvement. She is very flexible and will stay late and take on extra shifts at the last minute. We are indeed fortunate that she is caring for our dear mother.”

Alice P.

“Our family has been pleased with ABC services, thankful for a company to be able to rely on for my Dad's care.”

T C.

“I’m in need of a caregiver for my son and Always Best Senior Care is one of the companies that I contacted. Although they were unable to provide services to us (through no fault of their own) mallory trip time to refer us to a company, including phone number to contact for services. She was very helpful, kind, and attentive to our needs. I appreciate the time they took to assist me the best way they could.”

Lisa L.

“Caregivers (Raina & Aiyana) are very caring and helpful to my father's needs,”

Linda L.

“Caring staff. Patient portal for family. Quick replacement/fill in caregiver.”

Stephany T.

“Britiany has been caring for my mom almost 4 years. She is so kind and patient and willing to help in any way she can. We value Britiany and think of her as family now. We have been so pleased the way in which Always Best Care has worked with us.”

Jeannie H.

“My husband's caregiver Taylor is so very patient with him. She does her work without supervision. We are proud to have her in our home. Sincerely, Jack & Lou”

Jack H.

“We were worried at first with someone taking care of mom. Melanie put us at ease. She is such a big help. Thank you Melanie, thank you all best!!”

Rita C.

“The staff has been very helpful. Michelle is very helpful and friendly.We have never had to have service like this before so we weren’t sure of what to expect. Things have been very good and everyone has been so easy to work with. It makes it easier on everyone in the family. I am thankful to have Michelle come and help us and to the rest of the company for their help and understanding.”

Carol E.

“God has allowed angels to be on earth to help us. My family is blessed to have one of those angels named Theresa who cares for my mother. Theresa is caring, soft spoken, loving and very nurturing in the excellent care she gives to my mother. We are so very thankful and blessed to have her in our lives! Thank you Theresa and Always Best Care!”

Elisabeth C.

“Always Best Care Senior Services has been nothing but professional,nice and very helpful and informative about their healthcare opportunities. My family and myself have been very pleased with Carmen Rhodes our caregiver.She’s very kind,compassionate and knowledgeable about her job .Great job matching us with one of your Always Best Care Senior Services employee.”

Karen M.

“We have been using Always Best Care Senior Services for my mom since early January 2023. They have done a great job of sending wonderful qualified caregivers that genuinely care for our mom. A special shout out to Alexandra Bennick, Wendy Hare, Stella Pride, Savannah Buckland and Aiyana Wright for all their hard work and wonderful care they have given mom. Not only do they do a great job caring for mom, but they clean house, prepare meals, clean dishes and many other household chores. They give my dad and the children a great sense of trust and security knowing she is being well taken care of!”

Greg S.

“You could give Connie Rangel-Ledezma a bonus every day because she is that special to us. Without her, Bob would not be where he is today. She is valued by us and we hope by you! Give her 2 bonuses!!”

Gail N.

“I have worked with about 6 agencies over the last 3 years and Samantha and her team at Always Best Care have been helpful, caring and supportive! They have been there for the unexpected and for the day to day care of my husband. When I need anything, even just a calm voice on the phone, they are there. Our caregiver, Maggie, has become a wonderful part of our family. She truly loves her job and taking care of Tony. She helps me to be less stressed taking care of my husband.”

Kandi S.

“Harvey has become a part of our family! He is so kind and considerate to my father as he cares for him daily. His compassion and desire for the elderly is shown each time he comes to his house. If it were not for Harvey, I would not be able to work, nor would I have peace of mind that Daddy is being taken care of. Thank you Harvey for all that you do and the love that you show to daddy.”

Janet R.

“Thank you to Ted for helping us make the adjustment to in-home care! We appreciate your willingness to put up with some negative reactions to your companionship for Bill while I am away from home.”

Susan L.

“Cindy is the perfect fit for my needs and is always kind and respectful toward my husband. I could not have hand picked a better person.”

Pam S.

What is Non-Medical Senior Care in Summerfield, NC?


Home is where the heart is. While that saying can sound a tad cliche, it is especially true for many seniors living in America. When given a choice, older adults most often prefer to grow older at home. An AARP study found that three out of four adults over the age of 50 want to stay in their homes and communities as they age.


When you begin to think about why, it makes sense. Home offers a sense of security, comfort, and familiarity.


The truth is, as we age, we begin to rely on others for help. When a family is too busy or lives too far away to fulfill this role, in-home senior care is often the best solution. Home care services allow seniors to enjoy personal independence while also receiving trustworthy assistance from a trained caregiver.


At Always Best Care, we offer a comprehensive range of home care services to help seniors stay healthy while they get the help they need to remain independent. As your senior loved one gets older, giving them the gift of senior care is one of the best ways to show your love, even if you live far away.

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Types of Elderly Care in Summerfield, NC

To give our senior clients the best care possible, we offer a full spectrum of in-home care services:

Personal Care

Personal Care Services

If your senior loved one has specific care needs, our personal care services are a great choice to consider. Personal care includes the standard caregiving duties associated with companion care and includes help with tasks such as dressing and grooming. Personal care can also help individuals with chronic conditions like diabetes.

Common personal care services include assistance with:

  • Eating
  • Mobility Issues
  • Incontinence
  • Bathing
  • Dressing
  • Grooming

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Home Helper

Home Helper Services

Sometimes, seniors need helpful reminders to maintain a high quality of life at home. If you or your senior has trouble with everyday tasks like cooking, our home helper services will be very beneficial.

Common home helper care services include assistance with:

  • Medication Reminders
  • Meal Preparation
  • Pet Care
  • Prescription Refills
  • Morning Wake-Up
  • Walking
  • Reading
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Companionship Services

Companionship Services

Using this kind of care is a fantastic way to make life easier for you or your senior loved one. At Always Best Care, our talented caregivers often fill the role of a companion for seniors. That way, older adults can enjoy their favorite local activities, such as visiting Summerfield Community Park with friends while also receiving the care they need daily or weekly.

Common companionship services include:

  • Grocery Shopping
  • Transportation to Appointments
  • Nutritional Assistance
  • Conversation
  • Planning Outings
  • Completing Errands
  • Transportation to Community
  • Events and Social Outings
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Respite Care

Respite Care Services

According to AARP, more than 53 million adults living in the U.S. provide care to someone over 50 years old. Unfortunately, these caregivers experience stress, exhaustion, and even depression. Our respite care services help family caregivers address urgent obligations, spend time with their children, and enjoy nearby activities. Perhaps more importantly, respite care gives family members time to recharge and regroup. Taking personal time to de-stress reduces the risk of caregiver burnout. So, if you've always wanted to eat at the local Mama Ginna's or visit Bennett Place, don't feel bad. Doing so is great for both you and your loved one.

At the end of the day, our goal is to become a valuable part of your senior's daily routine. That way, we may help give them the highest quality of life possible. We know that staying at home is important for your loved one, and we are here to help make sure that is possible.

If you have been on the fence about non-medical home care, there has never been a better time than now to give your senior the care, assistance, and companionship they deserve.

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Benefits of Home Care in Summerfield, NC

Always Best Care in-home services are for older adults who prefer to stay at home but need ongoing care that friends and family cannot provide. In-home care is a safe, effective way for seniors to age gracefully in a familiar place and live independent, non-institutionalized lives. The benefits of non-medical home care are numerous. Here are just a few reasons to consider senior care services from Always Best Care:

Always Best Care offers a full array of care options for patients at all levels of health. With our trusted elderly care services, your loved one will receive the level of care necessary for them to enjoy the highest possible quality of life.

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Aging in Place: The Preferred Choice for Most Seniors

While it's true that some seniors have complicated medical needs that prevent them from staying at home, aging in place is often the best arrangement for seniors and their families. With a trusted caregiver, seniors have the opportunity to live with a sense of dignity and do so as they see fit - something that is unavailable to many older people today.

In-home care makes it possible for millions of seniors to age in place every year. Rather than moving to a strange nursing home, seniors have the chance to stay at home where they feel the happiest and most comfortable.

Here are just a few of the reasons why older men and women prefer to age at home:

How much does a senior's home truly mean to them?

A study published by the American Society on Aging found that more than half of seniors say their home's emotional value means more than how much their home is worth in monetary value. It stands to reason, then, that a senior's home is where they want to grow old.

With the help of elderly care in Summerfield, NC, seniors don't have to age in a sterilized care facility. Instead, they can age gracefully in the place they want to be most: their home. In contrast, seniors who move to a long-term care facility must adapt to new environments, new people, and new systems that the facility implements. At this stage in life, this kind of drastic change can be more harmful than helpful.

Institutional care facilities like nursing homes often put large groups of people together to live in one location. On any given day, dozens of staff members and caregivers run in and out of these facilities. Being around so many new people in a relatively small living environment can be dangerous for a seniors' health and wellbeing. When you consider that thousands of seniors passed away in nursing homes during the COVID-19 pandemic, opting for in-home care is often a safer, healthier choice for seniors.

Aging in place has been shown to improve seniors' quality of life, which helps boost physical health and also helps insulate them from viral and bacterial risks found in elderly living facilities.

For many seniors, the ability to live independently with assistance from a caregiver is a priceless option. With in-home care, seniors experience a higher level of independence and freedom - much more so than in other settings like a nursing home. When a senior has the chance to age in place, they get to live life on their own terms, inside the house that they helped make into a home. More independence means more control over their personal lives, too, which leads to increased levels of fulfillment, happiness, and personal gratification. Over time, these positive feelings can manifest into a healthier, longer life.

More independence, a healthier life, and increased comfort are only a few benefits of aging in place. You have to take into consideration the role of cost and convenience. Simply put, it's usually easier and more affordable to help seniors age in place than it is to move them into an institutional care facility. According to the US Department of Housing and Urban Development, seniors who age in the comfort of their homes can save thousands of dollars per month.

In-home care services from Always Best Care, for instance, are often less expensive than long-term solutions, which can cost upwards of six figures per year. To make matters worse, many residential care facilities are reluctant to accept long-term care insurance and other types of payment assistance.

With Always Best Care's home care services, seniors and their families have a greater level of control over their care plans. In-home care gives seniors the chance to form a bond with a trusted caregiver and also receive unmatched care that is catered to their needs. In long-term care facilities, seniors and their loved ones have much less control over their care plan and have less of a say in who provides their care.

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Affordable Care

In-home care is a valuable resource that empowers seniors to age in place on their own terms. However, a big concern for many families and their loved ones is how much in-home care costs. If you're worried that in-home care is too expensive, you may be pleasantly surprised to learn that it is one of the most affordable senior care arrangements available.

Typically, hiring an Always Best Care in-home caregiver for a few hours a week is more affordable than sending your loved one to a long-term care facility. This is true even for seniors with more complex care needs.

At Always Best Care, we will work closely with you and your family to develop a Care Plan that not only meets your care needs, but your budget requirements, too. Once we discover the level of care that you or your senior need, we develop an in-home care plan that you can afford.

In addition to our flexible care options, families should also consider the following resources to help offset potential home care costs:

If your loved one qualifies, Medicaid may help reduce in-home care costs. Review your NC's Medicaid program laws and benefits, and make sure your senior's financial and medical needs meet Medicaid eligibility requirements.
Attendance and aid benefits through military service can cover a portion of the costs associated with in-home care for veterans and their spouses.
Many senior care services like in-home care are included in long-term care insurance options. Research different long-term care solutions to find a plan that provides coverage for senior care.
Home care can be included as part of a senior's private insurance plan. Read over your loved one's insurance policy carefully or speak with their insurance provider to determine if in-home care is covered.
Depending on the life insurance plan, you may be able to apply your policy toward long-term care. You may be able to use long-term-care coverage to help pay for in-home elderly care.
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Compassionate Care. Trusted Caregivers.

When you or your senior loved one needs assistance managing daily tasks at home, finding a qualified caregiver can be challenging. It takes a special kind of person to provide reliable care for your senior loved one. However, a caregiver's role involves more than meal preparation and medication reminders. Many seniors rely on their caregivers for companionship, too.

Our companion care services give seniors the chance to socialize in a safe environment and engage in activities at home. These important efforts boost morale and provide much-needed relief from repetitive daily routines. A one-on-one, engaging conversation can sharpen seniors' minds and give them something in which to be excited.

At Always Best Care, we only hire care providers that we would trust to care for our own loved ones. Our senior caregivers in Summerfield, NC understand how important it is to listen and communicate with their seniors. A seemingly small interaction, like a short hug goodbye, can make a major difference in a senior's day. Instead of battling against feelings of isolation, seniors begin to look forward to seeing their caregiver each week.

Understanding the nuances of senior care is just one of the reasons why our care providers are so great at their job.

Unlike some senior care companies, our caregivers must undergo extensive training before they work for Always Best Care. In addition, our caregivers receive ongoing training throughout the year. This training ensures that their standard of care matches up to the high standards we've come to expect. During this training, they will brush up on their communication skills, safety awareness, and symptom spotting. That way, your loved one receives the highest level of non-medical home care from day one.

Assisted Living Referral Services

While it's true that many seniors prefer to age at home, sometimes in-home care isn't the best fit. For those seniors and their families, choosing an assisted living facility makes more sense. Unfortunately, finding the optimal care facility is easier said than done in today's day and age. That's when Always Best Care's assisted living referral services begin to make a lot of sense.

Assisted living is a form of housing intended for seniors who require varying degrees of medical and personal attention. Accommodations may include single rooms, apartments, or shared living arrangements. Assisted living communities are typically designed to resemble a home-like environment and are physically constructed to encourage the independence of residents.

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At assisted living communities, seniors receive help with daily activities such as bathing, dressing, and eating. They may also benefit from coordination of services with outside healthcare providers, and monitoring of resident activities to ensure their health, safety, and well-being. Caregivers who work at assisted living communities can also provide medication administration and personal care services for older adults.

Other services offered within assisted living communities can include some or all of the following:

  • Housekeeping
  • Laundry
  • Recreational Activities
  • Social Outings
  • Emergency Medical Response
  • Medication Monitoring
  • Family Visitation
  • Personal Care
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At Always Best Care, our representatives can match your senior's emotional, physical, and financial needs with viable assisted living communities nearby. Results are based on comparative data, so you can select the best choice for you or your loved one.

Always Best Care works closely with local senior living communities to gain valuable knowledge that we then use to help seniors and their loved ones make informed decisions. This information can include basic care and rent, resident availability, and services provided. Because Always Best Care is compensated by these communities, we provide senior living referral services at no extra cost to you.

Some of the most popular assisted living communities to consider in our area include the following:

  • Watlington Family Home Care Inc
  • Spring Arbor of Greensboro
  • Bradford Village West
  • Wellington Oaks
  • Brookdale Northwest Greensboro
  • Countryside
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For many seniors, moving into a senior living community revolves around how and when they want to make a transition to more involved care. Some seniors are more proactive about transitioning to independent living. Others choose to remain home until their care needs or other requirements are satisfied. Remember - our staff is here to help. Contact our office today to learn more about assisted living communities and how we can find a facility that exceeds your expectations.

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Taking the First Step with Always Best Care

The first step in getting quality in-home care starts with a personal consultation with an experienced Always Best Care Care Coordinator. This initial consultation is crucial for our team to learn more about you or your elderly loved one to discover the level of care required. Topics of this consultation typically include:

A discussion of your needs and how our trained caregivers can offer assistance in the most effective way


A draft of your care plan, which includes highly detailed notes and a framework for the care that you or your senior will receive


Discuss payment options and help coordinate billing with your insurance provider


Our caregivers are trained to spot changes that clients exhibit, like mental and physical decline. As your trusted senior care company, we will constantly assess and update your Care Plan to meet any new emotional, intellectual, physical, and emotional needs.

If you have never considered in-home care before, we understand that you and your family may have concerns about your Care Plan and its Care Coordinator. To help give you peace of mind, know that every team member and caregiver must undergo comprehensive training before being assigned to a Care Plan.

At the end of the day, we only hire the best of the best at Always Best Care. Whether you need home care in Summerfield, NC 24-hours a day or only need a respite for a couple of hours, we are here to serve you.

When you're ready, we encourage you to contact your local Always Best Care representative to set up a Care Consultation. Our Care Coordinators would be happy to meet with you in person to get to know you better, discuss your needs, and help put together a personalized Care Plan specific to your needs.

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Latest News in Summerfield, NC

Summerfield Town Council approves zoning changes for controversial development

SUMMERFIELD, N.C. (WGHP) — The future of Summerfield came down to a 3-2 vote.During a Thursday night public hearing, the town council approved a change to its current zoning designation ordinance.The change would scale down the minimum number of acres developers needed to build a project, which would allow developer David Couch, ...

SUMMERFIELD, N.C. (WGHP) — The future of Summerfield came down to a 3-2 vote.

During a Thursday night public hearing, the town council approved a change to its current zoning designation ordinance.

The change would scale down the minimum number of acres developers needed to build a project, which would allow developer David Couch, who proposed building apartments and retail stores, to build the project on his nearly 1,000-acre property.

During the meeting, more than two dozen Summerfield residents spoke against the change to the amendment that would reduce the minimum size of any future development that’s proposed to 450 acres.

Some people from Summerfield accused the town council of going against what the majority of residents have resisted for months.

After the meeting, Mayor Tim Sessoms said pressure from Sen. Phil Berger who pushed legislation to de-annex Couch’s property in the General Assembly, influenced the town council vote.

“We have said no and said no and we’ve tried to protect our town and keep it where it is and you know, now with the pressure from the General Assembly and the other forces that are lining up behind this to come after Summerfield, it’s time we’re going to have to make some changes. Some hard changes, and we appreciate our citizens being understanding of what we have to do,” Sessoms said.

Meanwhile, Couch’s attorney Tom Terrell says the town is in good hands.

“If this project does go through as proposed by the internationally known planning firm Dover Coal, it will be a project that this town is immensely proud of,” Terrell said.

It’s unclear whether the vote will keep the General Assembly out of the town’s business.

Senator Berger has said in the past he won’t move the de-annexation bill forward if Couch and the town make progress in their negotiations.

According to Mayor Sessoms, the original amount of acres developers needed to propose a project was 750. He says the Summerfield Town Council changed that to make it more fair for other future developers.

NC Senate votes to take nearly a thousand acres out of Guilford town

The state Senate voted Wednesday to remove nearly a thousand acres from the Guilford County town of Summerfield.The deannexation bill was requested by developer David Couch, who wants to build apartments and other housing on the property despite objections from the suburban town's leaders.Senate leader Phil Berger, R-Rockingham, represents the area. He's pushing the legislation sought by Couch after he said the two sides couldn't compromise over the development."I feel like we gave the property owner and the town of...

The state Senate voted Wednesday to remove nearly a thousand acres from the Guilford County town of Summerfield.

The deannexation bill was requested by developer David Couch, who wants to build apartments and other housing on the property despite objections from the suburban town's leaders.

Senate leader Phil Berger, R-Rockingham, represents the area. He's pushing the legislation sought by Couch after he said the two sides couldn't compromise over the development.

"I feel like we gave the property owner and the town of Summerfield an adequate amount of time to try to work something out," Berger said. "They were unable to do so."

Summerfield is blocking affordable housing and needs to develop a water and sewer system for fire protection and environmental issues, he added. The town is known for requiring large lots for new homes, creating an unusually low density community in a region outside Greensboro that's seeing major population growth.

"Summerfield the largest municipality in the state of North Carolina that is exclusively on wells and septic tanks," Berger said. "As far as fire protection, you're dealing with fairly significant property improvements, where the fire department in many respects is dependent on ponds for the water necessary to fight fires. And I believe that the council in Summerfield has failed to take reasonable steps to address some of those issues."

Berger noted that Guilford County leaders will be responsible for land use and zoning decisions after the bill becomes law.

The town's mayor said this week's Senate action came as a surprise, and he wants to continue negotiations with the developer.

"I'm working to secure a direct meeting with Sen. Berger to correct any misunderstandings about the town's persistent and clear efforts to affect a better outcome for all parties," Mayor Tim Sessoms said in a statement posted to the town's Facebook page. "Our council takes public safety, land use and property rights seriously and these are at the core of trying to solve this critical development issue."

The controversial development is located about 10 miles from the site of a proposed casino in nearby Rockingham County. Supporters of that project, including Berger, have argued it will bring growth and economic development to the area, but Summerfield is one of the neighboring municipalities that have passed resolutions opposing the casino.

Several of the lobbyists representing the Baltimore-based casino developer, The Cordish Companies, are also representing Couch's development company at the legislature.

The bill that passed Wednesday includes other local legislation. It would also extend a meals tax in Mecklenburg County and require Buncombe County to study merging its school districts. And it settles confusion over the location of the county line that separates Granville and Franklin counties.

Final votes on the bill are set for next week in the House and Senate.

Developer David Couch Wins Battle With Summerfield

There has been a long and involved war going on in Summerfield over plans by farmer and developer David Couch to create a 973-acre residential and mixed-use development – The Villages of Summerfield Farms – in the town of about 11,000 people in northern Guilford County.On Monday, Sept. 18 – in an attempt to stave off a de-annexation of Couch’s property from the town by the NC General Assembly – the Summerfield Town Council held an emergency meeting. After a nearly two-hour closed session, the councilmembe...

There has been a long and involved war going on in Summerfield over plans by farmer and developer David Couch to create a 973-acre residential and mixed-use development – The Villages of Summerfield Farms – in the town of about 11,000 people in northern Guilford County.

On Monday, Sept. 18 – in an attempt to stave off a de-annexation of Couch’s property from the town by the NC General Assembly – the Summerfield Town Council held an emergency meeting. After a nearly two-hour closed session, the councilmembers came out and voted unanimously to give Couch what he’s been asking for from the town for a long time.

Since a vocal faction of Summerfield residents are concerned about more development in the area, there has been a lot of opposition over the past two years to Couch’s proposal.

A rezoning request of the 973 acres was denied in April 2023.

However, at the Sept. 18 meeting, the Town Council voted to support zoning and other changes that will now allow the project to move forward.

About 20 spectators attended the hastily called meeting held in the main room of the Summerfield Community Center. Unlike some prior meetings involving Couch’s proposed development, there were no boos or angry shouts from opponents as the Town Council conducted its business.

Summerfield Mayor Tim Sessoms did most of the talking as the board moved swiftly from one item to another – each vote pledging to give Couch what he’s been asking for, including a special “Open Space Mixed-Use Villages” zoning designation – or OSM-V – and the removal of some scenic corridor restrictions that conflicted with the planned development.

The Town Council pledged to make other zoning moves needed to advance the project as well.

One resolution reads, “NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED THAT: the Town Council on behalf of the Town of Summerfield, North Carolina, pledges a reconsideration of the OSM-V District text amendment and a new consideration of the rezoning of necessary land as presented during the last text amendment case and furthermore pledges support of approval of both steps needed to bring The Villages project to completion as designed.”

The development will need water too, so the Town Council is now all for that as well: “WHEREAS, negotiations have been underway to bring The Villages project to fruition and it is known that public water and sewer will be necessary to serve the project; and, WHEREAS, the water and sewer will need to be provided from a neighboring jurisdiction … NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED THAT: the Town Council on behalf of the Town of Summerfield, North Carolina, pledges advocacy for and facilitation of the efforts for the developer to bring said services to The Villages area.”

The Town Council made the moves in an effort to keep the 973 acres from being de-annexed from Summerfield – something a frustrated Couch had requested of state lawmakers. The vote to de-annex the land is scheduled to move forward this week.

The Summerfield Town Council has scheduled a Thursday, Sept. 28 public hearing and meeting, where the council intends to approve all the needed changes to allow the development provided that those changes are “substantively as presented to the citizens and Council leading up to April 2023, the last public discussion of the project.”

State lawmakers appear primed to make way for Villages of Summerfield Farms project

Local developer is one step closer to building proposed development called 'Villages of Summerfield Farms' in the Town of Summerfield. Residents are divided.SUMMERFIELD, N.C. — Effort to push a controversial development project in Guilford County are moving forward.Lawmakers in Raleigh appear primed to approve de-annexation, clearing the way for the project.This proposed development, Villages of Summerfield Farms has drawn mixed r...

Local developer is one step closer to building proposed development called 'Villages of Summerfield Farms' in the Town of Summerfield. Residents are divided.

SUMMERFIELD, N.C. — Effort to push a controversial development project in Guilford County are moving forward.

Lawmakers in Raleigh appear primed to approve de-annexation, clearing the way for the project.

This proposed development, Villages of Summerfield Farms has drawn mixed reactions across the town.

At Summerfield's last Town Hall meeting, resident after resident spoke about keeping Summerfield rural but some people like the idea, like Kevin Kenjarsky.

"This is the one area where you might as well put a 'KEEP OUT' sign and frankly, that's not who we are in Summerfield. We want people to move to this area. We want people to enjoy this area and we want a good planned development. We want something that makes sense for everyone," Kenjarsky said.

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Developer David Couch has proposed building residential and retail space on his land in the center of Summerfield. Apartments are included in those plans.

Jared Williams said opponents aren't so much worried about apartments being built but extreme population growth.

"The Town of Summerfield is not opposed to responsible growth. In fact, the vast majority of folks are in favor of responsible growth. What's being pushed forward is irresponsible development, where you're completely doing away with any reasonable density controls," Williams said.

RELATED: The future of Summerfield Farms could be decided by the General Assembly

When town leaders rejected the development, Senate Leader Phil Berger stepped in. He wrote a letter to the Mayor of Summerfield, Tim Sessoms, saying he wants the project to happen and planned to push de-annexation through at the state level.

It's already passed two votes in the state senate. This decision has Summerfield neighbors further divided.

"This whole process of de-annexation completely takes away the power of the local residents and local government," Williams said.

"I believe that the right decision is for the General Assembly to come in and de-annex the 973 acres. Primarily because of the Town of Summerfield leadership has weaponized the emotion of the community to not allow a land owner to do what he should be allowed to do," said Kenjarsky.

Both the house and senate are expected to make the final vote on this de-annexation next Tuesday, September 19, 2023.

Summerfield Town Council hosts emergency meeting ahead of de-annexation Senate vote

SUMMERFIELD, N.C. (WGHP) — The town of Summerfield held an emergency meeting regarding a de-annexation bill making its way through the General Assembly.Last week, the North Carolina Senate approved House Bill 5 after a second reading that would de-annex nearly 1,000 acres off of Pleasant Ridge Road, which is owned by developer David Couch. F...

SUMMERFIELD, N.C. (WGHP) — The town of Summerfield held an emergency meeting regarding a de-annexation bill making its way through the General Assembly.

Last week, the North Carolina Senate approved House Bill 5 after a second reading that would de-annex nearly 1,000 acres off of Pleasant Ridge Road, which is owned by developer David Couch.

Earlier this year, Couch proposed building a community called The Villages of Summerfield Farms. It would include nearly 600 apartments as well as other retail and amenities.

Members of the Summerfield Town Council turned down the proposal twice.

So Couch took his concerns to Senator Phil Berger, and now the House Bill is a topic of discussion in Raleigh.

During an emergency meeting Monday night, dozens of people showed up to learn what’s going to happen next.

After an hour-long closed-session meeting, the Summerfield Town Council passed three resolutions of good faith in negotiating with Couch.

Summerfield Mayor Timm Sessoms attributes to change of heart to House Bill 5.

We’re under a great deal of pressure from the North Carolina General Assembly. Anytime you have to look at a de-annexation the size of 973 acres in your town, it would be the largest de-annexation in the state of North Carolina. It’s never been done before. It’s a very serious matter,” Sessoms said.

It’s a matter community members like Jared Williams oppose.

He says he’s disappointed it looks like the town council changed its mind after voting against de-annexation in April.

“It’s irresponsible level of development, and it has absolutely zero limitation on the residential density,” Williams said.

Long-time resident Jeffrey Johnson also thinks the town can’t handle a population increase.

“I don’t think that we have the infrastructure to support it even if the water and sewer comes in. There’s a whole lot of stuff that needs to be taken care of. The schools are busting at the seams … Something is going to have to be done because it’s going to be impossible to get around town,” Johnson said.

In the resolutions passed Monday night, the town approved the reconsideration of Couch’s text amendment regarding how many apartments he could build and a commitment to advocate for the water system in the town that relies on well water as well as a scenic coordinator to watch over Couch’s project.

As the town awaits the outcome of House Bill 5, Sessoms has a message for residents.

“We certainly understand the frustration of the people of Summerfield. We are always listening to them and their input. Ultimately, we are responsible to take care of the public interest and public safety. At this point, we’re trying to make the best deal we can for the town of Summerfield to protect our borders,” Sessoms said.

Sessoms says they will reconsider Couch’s amendment during another public meeting which is scheduled for Sept. 28.

The Senate has delayed the vote on House Bill 5 until at least Wednesday.


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