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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




We're being hit with a new scam!  The robo-call states that our "Social Security Number is being suspend (sic)" for  suspicious and unlawful activity in Texas.  The message goes on to leave a telephone number for us to call to get information or to remedy the problem.  The scam has been reported on AARP's website and also in a Forbes article.  Do NOT call the number!  Do NOT answer the phone.  If you do answer the call, do NOT give any personal information and DO hang up immediately. 

Claudia Raymer (OH County FRN), Steve Novotney (WKKX and journalist), and several others (myself included) have the privilege and responsibility of serving on the Northern Panhandle Elder Abuse Prevention Advisory Team of the WV Attorney General's Elder Abuse Prevention Team.  Team members will act as a conduit between our region's elder population and the Attorney General's office in Charleston.  These teams are represented throughout the state to help the Attorney General's office in protecting the citizens of WV.  Senior citizens and their loved ones can subscribe to the email scam alerts at




The revised Code includes 19 changes that address ethical responsibilities when using technology.  During this workshop, participants will determine which sections fo the Code changed and will discuss how these changes affect social work practice.  Our presenters will be Kathy Shelek-Furbee, MSW, and Melanie Sinclair, MSW.  Registration fee is $10.  Checks may be made payable to Altenheim Resource & Referral and mailed to Altenheim Resource & Referral Services, 1387 National Road, Wheeling WV  26003.  There will be two CEUs awarded on completion (Bethany College 490052) for social work.  The workshop will be held at Altmeyer Funeral Home, 154 Kruger Street, Wheeling.  Registration deadline is September 18.  For more information, contact Ann Koegler at 304 243-0996 or


Jamie Wells, LISW-S, Marietta Memorial Hospital Senior Psychiatric Services, will be the presenter for Mental Health & Aging on Tuesday, October 23 to be held at Altmeyer Funeral Home, 154 Kruger Street, Wheeling.  Sign-in will start at 8:30am and the workshop will run from 9am - 11am.  Two Continuing Education Credits will be awarded on completion for social work (Bethany College 490052) and nursing (Altenheim Resource & Referral WVBRN 2003 0431 RN).  The fee is $10.00.  Checks may be made payable to Altenheim Resource & Referral and mailed to 1387 National Road, Wheeling WV  26003.  Pre-registration is required and the deadline to register is October 18.


John Looney, Exeuctive Director of the Veteran's Outreach Center in Wheeling, will be our guest presenter on Friday, November 9.  The workshop will be held at Liza's Place in Wheeling, and lunch will be served from 12noon - 1pm, with the workshop following.  The program will run from 1pm - 3pm and will offer two CEU credits for social workers (Bethany College 490052).  Pre-registration is required and is due by November 6.  The fee is $10.00 for workshop & CEUs, and $5 for lunch.  (Lunch is optional.)  Our co-sponsors for this program:  Bethany College, WV Northern Community College, Valley Hospice, Altmeyer Funeral Home, Altenheim Resource Services.  Call Kim Parker at Valley Hospice to register.  Kim will take lunch reservations as well as workshop reservations for this program.

Workshops are co-sponsored by Bethany College, WV Northern Community College, Altenheim Resource Services and Altmeyer Funeral Home.


MC Wellness and Altenheim Resouce & Referral Services will be offering a 4-part series on Caregiver Wellness in late fall.  The focus will be on empowering caregivers and helping them stay as healthy as possible while they are providing care to a loved one.  We are working out the details.  Keep an eye on our web page for more information!



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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