People on the Move – Knollwood to celebrate the grand opening of dementia care center

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Washington, DC
May 22, 2008

The Army Distaff Foundation and Knollwood community will host a Ribbon Cutting and Grand Opening Reception for its new Special Care Center, a specialized skilled nursing facility for Alzheimer’s and dementia care, on Wednesday, May 28 at 5 p.m. This new residence includes 21 private rooms, two semi-private rooms, an outdoor walking garden, a music room, a dining room, an arts and crafts center and several large activities spaces. This facility adds a fourth component of care to Knollwood, which also has independent, assisted living and skilled nursing care accommodations. Unlike other areas of Knollwood, which are open to retired career military officers and their female relatives, the Special Care Center will be open to the public.

The ribbon-cutting ceremony will commence with remarks by MG Donald Hilbert, USA, Ret., the Foundation’s Executive Director, GEN John Keane, USA, Ret., Chair of the Foundation’s Advisory Board, GEN Jack Merritt, USA, Ret., former Chair of the Advisory Board, and other key officials. A cocktail reception and tours of the Special Care Center will follow.

The new Special Care Center is connected to Knollwood’s Health Services Center and is part of an expansion wing, which contains 22 independent living apartments. Collectively, the addition of the new apartments and the Special Care Center will boost Knollwood’s capacity to more than 300 residents.

The Army Distaff Foundation, a 501 (c)(3) charitable organization, was established in 1959 to create affordable housing and health care services for Army widows without regard to their financial resources. Army Distaff Hall opened in 1962, but the name was changed to Knollwood in 1989 when admission was extended to male and female retired career officers of all branches of the military and their female relatives. Though Knollwood has grown into a thriving Continuing Care Retirement Community offering four levels of care, the mission of providing a safe, secure and affordable home for residents remains an integral part of the Foundation.

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