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Altenheim
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Retirement Community

COMMUNITY NEWS  

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.  In 1949, the Board purchased the property of John O. Schenk.  The home was moved in 1950 to 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" home was completed in 1922.  This 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.

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.  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, two meals Monday through Friday, 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

 

NEWS BRIEFS FROM ALTENHEIM RESOURCE SERVICES

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WORKSHOPS & PROGRAMS BEING SCHEDULED

Our workshop committee is working on the schedule for 2019.  We have 6 workshops that we are developing on a variety of topics. 

WORKSHOP IS FULL!!!  Thanks to everyone for their interest!  The first workshop will be honoring National Social Work Month and will be held on March 12.  "Self-Care for the Professional" will be held at Altmeyer Funeral Home, 154 Kruger Street, Wheeling and will run from 9am - 11am with sign in at 8:30am.  Two CEU credits will be offered (Bethany College 490052) for social workers at NO charge.  Our presenter is Marty Cornett, RN, BSN and certified wellness coach.  Contact Ann at 304 243-0996 to register.  There is a registration form in the Forms and Downloads section at the bottom right of this page.

ADVANCE HEALTH CARE DECISIONS PROGRAM

We also have a program scheduled on Advance Health Care Directives for National Health Care Decisions Day.  This program will be held on Tuesday, April 2 from 1pm - 3pm with Robert Kolb, MSW, of Valley Hospice.  We will be at First Christian Church, 1343 National Road, Wheeling WV.  We will have refreshments, and there is plenty of parking. 

Join us to learn about the Medical Power of Attorney and Living Will - the two documents that express your wishes when you cannot speak for yourself.  You will also have the opportunity to complete these documetns for yourself with Bob notarizing the documents. 

20th ANNUAL BELMONT COUNTY ADULT SERVICES COALITION OLDER ADULT EXPO

The 2019 Older Adult Expo (formerly the Caregiver Support Fair) will be held on May 7, 2019 at the Ohio Valley Mall from 10am - 3pm!!  For older adults and caregivers:  come and see what services and programs are available for area residents!  For agencies:  watch your email!  Registration information and forms will be sent in by the end of February.  If you are not on our contact list, if you have agency / agency personnel changes, or if you want to make sure you get registration information, contact me at akoegler1995@gmail.com or call me at 304 243-0996.  See you at the Expo!

CAREGIVER COMMUNITY PROGRAM BEING PLANNED

MC Wellness and Altenheim Resource Serves are planning a retreat for caregivers.  We are looking at a one-day event that would include information on caregiving and on ways that caregivers can take care of themselves while they are taking care of others.  There is a short questionnaire that will help us prepare which you can find at the bottom of this page on the right under Forms and Downloads.  We would appreciate your feedback.  You can email that to akoegler1995@gmail.com after completion. Stay tuned for more information! 

SUMMER INSTITUTE ON AGING

Jacki Englehart of WVU has announced that there will be no Summer Institute on Aging for 2019.  Jacki cites budget constraints and staff position changes as the reasons.

 


 OUR SERVICES

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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Altenheim
1387 National Road
Wheeling, WV 26003

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

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

(304) 243-0999 (fax)

akoegler1995@gmail.com

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