Located on 16 exquisite green acres in northwest Washington, D.C., Knollwood is a life plan community for those who have experienced the unique life of the military family. Knollwood offers comfortable and affordable apartments, elegant public areas and easy access to the cultural pleasures of the nation’s capital.

At Knollwood, you’ll find yourself totally at ease with the officer class comforts and companionship that surround you. You’ll enjoy camaraderie and stimulating conversations with your sociable, well-traveled neighbors. Knollwood is a community in which one instantly feels at home.

Knollwood Military Retirement Community

  • 5 Star Rated Care
  • Nearly 300+ individuals
  • All Military Branches represented
  • Full Continuum of care
  • Independent living
  • Assisted living
  • Memory care

Life is easier at Knollwood. No worries about a home or cooking or cleaning. You just enjoy life.

– Knollwood resident

And since 1959, no eligible resident has been denied financial assistance!!!


“The evolution of The Army Distaff Foundation presents a unique opportunity for philanthropic partnership that’s worthy of your support. It is my hope that you will join me in supporting this great cause, which needs to be secured for the betterment of future military generations.”

- General John M. Keane, USA (Ret.)

Chairman of the Board, The Army Distaff Foundation

Eligibility for the independent and assisted living communities at Knollwood is reserved for retired officers from all U.S. Uniformed Services who are in receipt of military or government retirement pay and their spouses, surviving spouses, divorcees, parents, parents-in-law, children and siblings. In addition, family members of retirement-eligible, active duty officers (over 20 years served) and reserve officers who have received their 20 year letter are eligible, regardless of race, national origin, religion, sex, disability or age.

Eligibility for the skilled nursing center at Knollwood, the Health Services Center and Special Care Center, is open to the public, although priority is given to current Knollwood community residents. Direct admission to the assisted living and skilled nursing communities is permitted but is rare as current residents have priority on vacancies.



To apply for residency at Knollwood, please download the application and send it along with the requested documentation to:

6200 Oregon Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20015



As a non-profit charitable organization committed to providing safe, secure, affordable housing with innovative, first-rate care—and offering these services regardless of the ability to pay—we require donor support. Corporations, foundations, and individuals have been partnering with us for more than a half century, working with us to transform lives through program support.


Through this program, we deliver safe, secure, affordable housing with first-rate services that incorporate best practices, medical advances, and care innovations. We offer resident-specific living arrangements and balance questions of safety, security, and overall health and wellness to ensure optimal care. Donor contributions ensure we remain leaders in the senior care industry by equipping us to implement cutting-edge health services, enhance our nursing team through professional development opportunities, and upgrade our facility, technology base, and medical equipment.


Through this program, we deliver multi-dimensional quality-of-life programming at all four living levels. Our dynamic activities promote physical, emotional/spiritual, intellectual, and social well-being. The
ultimate goal of this program is to ensure residents thrive. Donor contributions allow us to take full advantage of emerging trends in wellness programs for the elderly and implement services to bring new strength to aging bodies, enhance emotional and psychological wellness, promote mental wellness, and offer a greater variety of social programming.


Through this program, we offer the opportunity to age with dignity—regardless of one’s ability to pay. Many of our residents—men and women who dedicated their lives to serving our nation—lack the resources to sustain themselves until end of life. After their sacrificial commitment to military service, some find themselves with less than $10,000 in total assets and benefits insufficient to meet basic living needs. This program ensures these deserving men and women will spend their remaining years in a caring, loving home. To pay for everyone in need, the Fund requires nearly $1 million annually. We are proud to say that since 1959, no eligible resident has been denied financial assistance.

Petros Marafatsos

Judy Caldwell

Dr. and Mrs. Cecil Harris

“The Professionalism and dedication of (the) nursing staff, from top to bottom, is simply without equal.”

- Knollwood Resident

“I appreciate the independence that residents are given and the warm welcome that I received coming into Knollwood as a new resident.”

- Knollwood Resident

“Knollwood has a diversity of people who bring with them their unique life experiences and military camaraderie.”

- Knollwood Resident

“The location is wonderful. You’re in the nation’s capital, but tucked away in a green, quiet setting.”

- Knollwood Resident

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