Knolllwood, a life plan community in Washington, DC, has updated its admissions criteria for prospective residents to open the door to high-level federal employees aged 60 or more years who worked for one or more of the following agencies:

  • Department of Defense
  • Department of Homeland Security
  • Department of Justice
  • Department of State
  • Merchant Marine
  • Central Intelligence Agencies
  • Defense Intelligence Agency
  • National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency
  • National Security Agency

The community is observing its 60th anniversary in 2019, having been founded with the personal support of President and Mrs. Eisenhower to house Army widows after World War II.

“The Board of Directors believes it is important for Knollwood to be inclusive of those who have honorably served our nation, whether as a commissioned officer of the Uniformed Services, the U.S. Public Health Service, [National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration], and now, senior federal civil servants with a civil service grade of GS-14 (or equivalent) and above, in the defense and intelligence agencies,” Gen. John M. Keane, USA (Ret.), chairman of the Board of the Army Distaff Foundation, said in a statement.

Knollwood offers independent living, assisted living, skilled nursing and memory support. It is home to 300 residents.

“Also included in the new criteria are prospective residents who have served in the Foreign Service at the level of Class 1, 2 or 3,” added MG Timothy P. McHale, USA (Ret.), president and CEO, Army Distaff Foundation and Knollwood. In addition, post-Sept. 11, 2001, service members with severe war-related injuries who receive special monthly compensation now are eligible for admission.