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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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Ann Koegler | August 8, 2018, 10:06AM

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Senior/Caregiver Resources & Referral Services




Family Service-Upper Ohio Valley and Altenheim Resource Services will be offering Caring for Those with Memory Loss on August 15 at Family Service, 2200 Main Street, Wheeling.  Morgan Pavol (WV Alzheimer's Association) will talk about Dementia and Cathy McConnell (WV Senior Legal Aid) will talk about legal concerns for caregivers and care receivers.  Speakers from local agencies will talk about services that may help those who are caring for someone with memory loss.  Sign in will start at 9 and the program will begin at 9:15.  The program is being offered through a grant from the WV Community Living Initiative and DOTS.  The focus will be on WV services although many of the service providers offer coverage in Ohio, and many of the services have companion programs in Ohio.  There is a $5.00 fee for the program.  Checks may be made payable to Altenheim Resource & Referral.  Lunch will be provided.


The Alzheimer's & Related Dementia Caregiver Support Group and the Lewy Body & Related Dementia Caregiver Support Group are combining efforts to bring support to families who are affected by those diseases.  The Alzheimer and Dementia Caregiver Support Group will meet the first Wednesday of the month at First Christian Church, 1343 National Road, Wheeling WV from 6pm - 7pm.  Contact facilitators Alishah Hardway (740 676-2300) or Lori McGlumphy (304 281-5778) for information.



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.


A workshop on the NASW Code of Ethics Changes will be offered on September 25 at Altmeyer Funeral Home, 154 Kruger Street, Wheeling WV.  Sign in starts at 8:30 am and the workshop runs from 9am - 11am.  There will be 2 CEU credits for social workers.  The fee is $10.00.  Contact Ann Koegler at 304 243-0996 to register.  Checks may be made payable to Altenheim Resource & Referral. 

We will also be offering a workshop on mental health issues and aging in October.  Details are incomplete for this program.  Check back for details or call Ann at 304 243-0996 to be notified when details are complete. 

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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