Not just a community. A family.

Warm and welcoming, Knollwood opens its arms to new residents and new experiences.

Our life plan community

Knollwood is a tight-knit community of people who have a shared history of serving our nation. The buildings and grounds are safe, secure, and beautiful. The location in Upper Chevy Chase is unbeatable—adjacent to Rock Creek Park and minutes to Washington DC’s best restaurants, theaters, museums, and the nation’s top health care.

Knollwood is firmly committed to pursuing and applying the most innovative service approaches available today—keeping you engaged whether you prefer a busier lifestyle or something a little more quiet. You’ll find cutting-edge technologies and programs not offered by other senior living communities. Should our independent living residents ever seek care in the future, Knollwood employs an award-winning nursing staff with skilled nursing and memory care and support services (which are dually certified by Medicaid and Medicare) all while maintaining the highest possible five-star federal rating.

And, because of our donor-supported Financial Assistance Fund—which is sustained by concerned residents, corporations, and foundations—Knollwood residents who fall into financial hardship will always be able to remain at the community.

Featured Team Member

Meet Barry.

As Knollwood’s transportation coordinator since May of 2018, Barry Roache knows it’s the little things that matter—a friendly hello, a warm smile, and a helping hand. Barry loves the feedback and appreciation he gets back from the residents as he takes them to and from errands, outings, grocery runs, and more. He’s a favorite of the “lunch bunch” and an all-around great guy. Thanks, Barry.

Senior Leadership Team

COL Paul W. Bricker (Ret.)

Chief Operating Officer and CFO

MG Timothy P. McHale (Ret.)

President and CEO

James Michels

Vice President, Advancement

Arlette Kesseng-A-Mbassa

Director of Nursing

Peter Loew

Director of Human Resources

Remi Ackerman

Director of Finance

Carol Ann McCormick

Director of Marketing and Sales

Benjamin Battle

Director of Dining Services

Donna Epps

Nursing Home Administrator

Get to know Knollwood.

Ideally situated on 16 beautiful wooded acres in NW Washington, DC’s Rock Creek Park, Knollwood is an award-winning community—complete with fun, holistic wellness programs and access to world-class medical services. More than a must-see, it’s a must-experience!

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