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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 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 3 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.  We continue to focus on older adults offering housing in our modern cottages, as well as a free Resource and Referral Service for seniors 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




The Wheeling Caregiver Support Group for those caring for a loved one with dementia will be held on Wednesday, June 7 from 6pm-7pm at First Christian Church (DOC),  1343 National Road, Wheeling.  Group Facilitator is Chris Gillis.  You are not alone.  Join us.


The Steering Committee for the 2017 Northern Panhandle Walk to End Alzheimer's will be meeting the second Monday of the month at 11:30 am with the next meeting scheduled for June 12 at Generations in Wheeling.  We are making great strides with this year's Walk!  The 2017 Walk will start at Bridge Street School in Wheeling.  We will have door prizes, a bake sale, the Promise Garden and our opening warm up.  Contact me to find out how you can be involved or just come to our meeting!



Bethany College, West Virginia Northern Community College & Altenheim Resource Services are partnering to bring our professional social workers a program on Ethics and Addiction to be presented by Rhonda Hayes.  The program will be held on Wednesday, June 7 from 8:30am - 10:30am (registration starts at 8:00am) at the WVNCC B & O Auditorium.  The fee is $20 and 2 CEU credits will be available upon completion from Bethany College (490052).  Checks may be made payable to Altenheim Resource & Referral and mailed to Altenheim Resource & Referral Services, 1387 National Road, Wheeling WV  26003.  Payment MUST be made in advance.  No payment will be taken at the door!


Morgan Pavol of the WV Alzheimer's Association will present Effective Communication Strategies on June 21 from 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm with sign in starting at 1:30 pm.  We're partnering with Good Shepherd Nursing Home to bring this free program to our community in observance of Alzheimer's & Brain Awareness Month and the Longest Day and the program will be held at Good Shepherd in the classroom.  Partcipants need to enter from the south end of the building from the parking lot.  Seating is limited.  Call us at 304 243-0996 to register.


Alzheimer's & Dementia University for Families & Professionals is a conference for family caregivers and healthcare professionals offering information on topics relevant to caregiving.  ADU is scheduled for June 27 at West Liberty University's Highlands Center, 355 Wharton Circle, Ste 200, Triadelphia WV.  Registration starts at 8:30 am and the program runs from 9am - 2:45pm.  The fee is $10 and 4.5 Social Work & Nursing CEUs and Physician CMEs have been approved for an additional $20 fee.  Lunch is included.  Topics include Working with Your Doctor, Planning for Care:  Legal & Financial Considerations, Connections in Your Community and Preserving Dignity.  For more information or to register, call 800 272-3900 or go to WV Alzheimer's Association.




CAN WE HELP YOU?  Do you need to know what services you can consider to help a loved one remain independent?  Perhaps you need some help.  Do you need information on dementia?  Contact us!  We'll discuss your situation and your needs - free and confidential! 

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.

Check out our calendar and add our events to your list!

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

Altenheim Resource & Referral Services has been a division of Altenheim since 1995, providing assistance to seniors and caregivers without regard to income or location. We receive no federal, state or local funding, and offer unbiased information on services and aging issues for those needing help.  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 aging, caregiving or on our Altenheim Retirement Community at no charge, and your group's size doesn't matter!  

Seniors, 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.

Altenheim Resource & Referral Service's (ARRS) Events and Programs section lists upcoming programs with Resource Services programs listed in CAPS.

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


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Contact Altenheim

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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