Our Story

History

Your support has powered our growth and
advancement for the past 60 years

1959

Community Living
For Those Who Sacrificed

Led by Lydia Taylor and Rosamond Davis, the Army Wives’ Council in Washington, DC is formed to build a retirement facility for Army widows, as they received little pension at the time. President Dwight D. Eisenhower personally involves himself in fundraising activities for this important effort.

1962

Retirement Assistance
For Those In Need

Later renamed Knollwood Military Life Plan Community, Army Distaff Hall opens with 15 residents. A permanent Financial Assistance Fund is established for residents with limited means. To this day, the fund serves about 10% of our residents.

1979

ADF Celebrates
20 Years of Quality Care

ADF celebrates 20 years of success in delivering top-quality housing, health, and wellness care to Knollwood residents. Our facility has undergone several renovations and expansions, including the addition of a fully licensed nursing facility—the Health Services Center.

1993

State-of-the-Art
Facility and Community

After continued ADF expansion and growth efforts, Knollwood’s Health Services Center is now federally-certified and state-of-the-art, offering skilled nursing, rehabilitative therapies, and long-term care. Further, the community now offers 40 assisted living apartments with 24/7 care.

2008

Person-Centered
Dementia Care

Recognizing the need to serve residents with cognitive impairment, ADF builds a modern Special Care Unit for residents with Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia. Further, 22 new independent living apartments and a new cafe are unveiled.

2014

Renewed Commitment
and Strong Leadership

ADF’s Board of Directors renews its commitment to delivering unparalleled care and meeting the needs of the next generation of veterans, who will have increasingly complex health and wellness needs. General John M. Keane, USA (Ret.) serves as Chairman of the Board.

2019 and beyond

Innovative Solutions
for An Aging Nation

Looking to the future of America, a nation with a rapidly increasing segment of older adults, ADF embraces an expanded leadership role to identify and apply new care approaches and share outcomes with communities nationwide to help all older Americans live better.

1959

Community Living
For Those Who Sacrificed

Led by Lydia Taylor and Rosamond Davis, the Army Wives’ Council in Washington, DC is formed to build a retirement facility for Army widows, as they received little pension at the time. President Dwight D. Eisenhower personally involves himself in fundraising activities for this important effort.

ADF Commits to:

Colloborating

Collaborating with experts and convening great minds and organizations to contemplate our nation’s aging crisis.

Applying

Applying innovation at Knollwood to determine the impact of promising new initiatives that promote health and wellness in older adults.

Sharing

Sharing our transformational results achieved at Knollwood with communities nationwide to inspire implementation of similar programs.

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