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Retirement Community


Altenheim Retirement Community has long been a part of Wheeling history.  Known as Altenheim Home for the Aged, the home was originally located close to the intersection of National Road and Bethany Pike.  Anton Reymann, the donor of Altenheim, purchased the beautiful old Mount Belleview summer hotel, had the house and grounds renovated, then gave it to a board of trustees to be used as a home for older women, many of whom were "retired" German domestics who had cared for Wheeling's wealthy.  These ladies were offered life care with all of their needs met.  The formal opening was held on May 7, 1891. 

Altenheim remained at that site until the building needed too many repairs to be remodeled yet again.  The old hand-made bricks and crumbling mortar were too deteriorated to be salvaged.  The home was moved in 1950 to the John O. Schenk mansion, the current location.  The "new" home was once the site of the A.B. Paxton residence, although Mr. Schenk had the original home razed and contracted with Wheeling architect Edward Bates Franzheim to design the Georgian Revival house, originally called "Uplands" and known today as "Altenheim". The new location was a bit farther out than the original Mount Belleview site but was more accessible to the ladies.  Once purchased by the Board, the home was remodeled to accommodate the residents offering private rooms with private baths, and an elevator.

For over 60 years, the focus was residential housing for aged women with the residents being offered meals, housekeeping, laundry services, activities and a comfortable, caring lifestyle.  In 2008, the Board of Trustees made the decision to shift the focus to free-standing, independent housing for older women, men and couples, and constructed three A-frame cottages on the east side of the main building.  Two years later, three cottages were added on the rear of the property and in 2014, two more cottages were added on the west side of the main building.

The main building (formerly the residence house) is now our Administrative Building housing the offices of our Executive Director, Activities Director and Resource & Referral Services Coordinator and Resource & Referral Services secretary.  We continue to focus on older adults offering housing in our modern cottages, as well as a free Resource and Referral Service for older adults and caregivers who need information on aging and caregiving issues.

We offer stylish housing for independent men, women and couples who are 65 years of age and older. Our eight free-standing cottages are rented on a monthly basis and are equipped with stove, refrigerator, dishwasher, microwave, washer and dryer. Amenities include lawn care, snow removal, general maintenance, meals, activities, and more.  Pets are considered. Rent does not include utilities.  There is no admission fee.

We have an active community!  Dinners out, movies, special meals in summer and on holidays are just some of the events scheduled for retirement community residents.

Are you interested in what we have to offer?  Contact our Executive Director for more information or to apply.


Check out the Photo Gallery for pictures of our cottages and Retirement Community happenings!


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Senior/Caregiver Resources & Referral Services




    Thank you to Sara DeLong, MSW, LICSW and Vic Cerra, EdD, of the Veteran's Outreach Center in Wheeling who presented our workshop on Friday.  Thank you also to John Looney, Veteran's Outreach Center Director, who provided information in his absence.  Thank you to Valley Hospice for handling registration and for serving us lunch!  It was a great day to learn about and to honor our veterans who have stood courageously so that we can be free!   


It's Annual Enrollment time again for Medicare!  John Forsyth, Medicare expert with Citywide Insurance, will be with us on November 16 to provide information on Medicare.  Do I need a Medicare Supplement and a prescription drug plan or do I need a Medicare Advantage plan that covers both health care and prescriptions?  What changes are coming in 2019?  Join us to learn about these issues!  The program will be held at First Christian Church, 1343 National Road, Wheeling starting at 2:00pm.  We will have refreshments and parking is available.  Contact Ann at 304 243-0996 to register.


MC Wellness and Altenheim Resource & Referral Services will be offering a FREE 4-part series on Caregiver Wellness in late fall.  We have had a solid response and have been able to offer a great deal of information to those who have attended.  We have come to week 3 with special guest presenter Cathy McConnell, Esq, Executive Director or WV Senior Legal Aid.  Cathy will be talking about legal concerns of the caregiver.  The focus of the series is on empowering caregivers and helping them stay as healthy as possible while they are providing care to a loved one.  Topics have included the effects of caregiving on health, common caregiving hurdles, stress management, and resourcescerns.  Our fourth and final program will focus on housing transitions (moving from home to facility) and pre-arrangement counseling for funerals and the advantages of pre-need planning.  Guest speakers will present at each session and participants will have information to take home.  The program will be held at First Christian Church-Wheeling, 1343 National Road, Wheeling.  Contact Ann at 304 243-0996 or to register. 


Amedisys Hospice and Altenheim Resource & Referral Services are partnering to bring a free program to the community on hospice care and end of life care.  Our special guest speaker will be Dr. James Comerci, Medical Director at Amedisys Hospice.  There are many myths surrounding hospice care.  Join us on Tuesday, November 27 at 2pm at First Christian Church, 1343 National Road, Wheeling to learn about how hospice care benefits the care receiver and the family.  Hospice offers the opportunity for those with a life-limiting illness to enjoy a better quality of life with reduced physical, emotional and spiritual burdens through support, compassionate care.  To register, call Ann at 304 243-0996 or Resa at 304 975-2742.


Morgan Pavol, WV Alzheimer's Association, will be presenting this program at Family Service-Upper Ohio Valley on Wednesday, December 12 at 10:15 am.  Morgan will talk about the impact of Alzheimer's, the difference between Alzheimer's and dementia, stages and risk factors, and more.  Contact the Alzheimer's Association at 800 272-3900 to register.




If you are helping to care for an older adult, perhaps you could benefit from information on services or information on specific health concerns.  Perhaps you as an older adult need information on services to help you remain independent.  There are resources that can help.  Do you need information on in-home assistance, nursing facilities, supportive services or dementia care ?  Contact us!  We'll discuss your situation and your needs - free and confidential!  You are under no obligation.  Let us help!

If you get our answering service, it's easy to leave a message.  Just wait for the tone and leave us your name, phone number (with area code), and a brief message.  We have a small staff so sometimes we are helping another caregiver.  We will get back to you as soon as possible.  You can also contact us through our website.

Our event calendar lists many of the programs that are offered in the community.  Check out our calendar and add our events to your list!  Altenheim Resource & Referral Service's (ARRS) Events and Programs section lists upcoming programs with Resource Services programs listed in CAPITAL LETTERS.

LET US BE YOUR GATEWAY TO CARE FOR OLDER ADULTS!  Finding assistance for our aging family members or for ourselves can be challenging.  There are services to meet needs and to provide information but sometimes the choices add to the confusion.  Let us help!

The Internet offers an abundance of information, and many of us begin our searches on-line.  There are some questions to ask as we look through the sites.  Is the information unbiased?  Who are the web sites' sponsors?  Can you talk to a person with your concerns?  Is the information reliable, up-to-date, and accurate for your specific location?   

Altenheim Resource & Referral Services has been a division of Altenheim since 1995, providing assistance to older adults and caregivers without regard to income or location. We receive no federal, state or local funding, and offer unbiased information on services and issues pertaining to older adults.

Free services include assessment, resource information, and free personal enrichment programs for all who want to learn.

Workshops with continuing education credit are offered for social workers and nurses. Free Personal Enrichment programs are offered on a variety of topics and are open to all who are interested. (Contact us with program suggestions!) 

We will also come to you to do presentations on issues relevant to older adults, caregiving or on our Altenheim Retirement Community at no charge, and your group's size doesn't matter!  

Older adults, family caregivers, and professional caregivers are encouraged to contact us for information on service options, available resources, and caregiving concerns. We can help you with the aging and caregiving journey.

Check out our Blog section for questions and answers pertaining to older adults and caregiving! 


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1387 National Road
Wheeling, WV 26003

Main Office:
(304) 242-3340 (phone)

Resource & Referral Services:
(304) 243-0996 (phone)

(304) 243-0999 (fax)

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