Info: 202-541-0400 Marketing and Admissions: 202-541-0149
Info: 202-541-0400
Marketing and Admissions: 202-541-0149



Knollwood is a life plan community serving retired officers from the uniformed services and their families. We give our residents a better life by offering top-quality living space with a full continuum of compassionate, innovative, health and wellness care across four levels: Independent Living (the Hall), Assisted Living (the Terrace), Skilled Nursing and Long-Term Care (Health Services Center or HSC), and Memory Care (Special Care Center or SCC).


Knollwood is a premier, full-service community that provides everything residents need to enjoy safe, secure, engaged, and purposeful living. Among our services and amenities:

Multi-dimensional Health and Wellness Programs and Innovations

  • Fitness studio, exercise classes, and swimming pool with aqua aerobics
  • Advanced physical therapy with a robotic exoskeleton
  • Multi-disciplinary cognitive therapy program for brain health
  • Fall prevention programs, including new smart lighting and detection systems
  • Creative arts programs and performances, including music, dance, and art
  • Seminars, lectures, and speakers on wide-ranging topics
  • Field trips to shows, restaurants, and top cultural attractions
  • Parties, social events, holiday celebrations, and group games
  • Personalized care programs with dietitians and social workers
  • Chapel services for residents interested in faith-based programs

Transportation Services

  • Front door Metro Bus access every 25 minutes
  • Knollwood-provided transportation to community events
  • Knollwood-provided transportation – five trips daily — to Walter Reed National Medical Center
  • Local taxi service, Uber, and Silver Sedan Carshare

Everyday Conveniences

  • Housekeeping Services
  • 24-Hour Reception Desk
  • Reserved Parking Spaces
  • Pharmacy
  • Hair salon
  • Banking
  • Convenience Store
  • Storage Units


Pets of reasonable size are welcome in Independent Living Apartments.


We proudly serve those who served our nation by offering residency to:

  • Retired officers from any of the seven branches of the uniformed services
  • Spouse, surviving spouse, or un-remarried divorced spouse of a qualified officer
  • Mother, mother-in-law, daughter, or sister of a qualified officer
  • Father, father-in-law, son, or brother of a qualified officer
  • High-level federal workers with a GS grade of GS-14 (or equivalent) and higher from the Department of Defense, Department of State, Department of Homeland Security, Department of Justice, Merchant Marine, and our national intelligence agencies, including but not limited to, the Central Intelligence Agency, the National Security Agency, the Defense Intelligence Agency, and the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency.
  • Post-9/11 service members with severe war-related injuries receiving Special Monthly Compensation (SMC)
  • Foreign Service members in FS Class 1, 2 or 3.

A small number of admission waivers to live at Knollwood are available for Americans who have served our nation in another capacity.  Interested individuals should contact our Admissions Team to find out more about how they can apply.

Prospective Assisted Living residents must meet the above requirements, but need not be current Independent Living residents.

For our Skilled Care and Memory Care services, we are open to the public—neither Knollwood residency nor military connection is required.


The Army Distaff Foundation (ADF) is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit charitable organization that built, owns, and operates Knollwood.

ADF was established in 1959 when Mrs. Lydia Taylor (wife of Chief of Staff of the Army, General Maxwell Taylor) and Mrs. Hoy Davis had the vision to raise funds to build a facility to care for the widows and other female relatives of U.S. Army Servicemen who played a vital role in national defense by supporting and bolstering those who were in uniform. President Dwight D. and Mamie Eisenhower served a critical role in publicity and fundraising efforts that brought vision to reality. ADF was established as a non-profit organization to build the facility and maintain it in the future. Originally named Army Distaff Hall, the facility was re-named Knollwood Military Retirement Community after the historic building, Knoll House, which sits on the property and serves as home to special events and offers guest rooms for residents’ family members and friends.

ADF is led by a prominent Board of Directors with fiduciary, strategic, and operational responsibilities for Knollwood. The Board works with a senior management team and an association of Knollwood residents to provide a caring, compassionate, socially engaging community with a top-notch health and wellness experience so people thrive.

ADF raises resources through events and other fundraising activities for life-enhancing programs at Knollwood. This includes fundraising for our Financial Assistance Fund, which provides scholarships for residents with limited financial means. For 60 years, residents, families, foundations, and businesses have supported this special Fund, along with other important funding needs.

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