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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, close to the current Springhill Suites location.  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 regardless of income or location.

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



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Thank you to everyone who participated and helped make this a great event!  This was the 21st year for the event that was formerly called the Caregiver Support Fair.  We changed the name a few years ago to more fully include the broad range of interests and needs of the older adult population, those with disabilities and their caregivers.  We are so grateful for the support of the community, agencies in the community, and the businesses in our community.


Our next WORKSHOP is scheduled for May 21 at Vance Church, Wheeling.  Spirtuality and Aging will run from 9am-11am with sign-in beginning at 8:30am.  A panel will discuss spirituality & aging from their varied traditions.  $10 registration to be paid to Social Work Dept, Bethany College, 31 E. Campus Drive, Bethany WV 26032.  Contact Sherri Honaker at 304 829-7065 or to reserve your seat.  Two CE credits for social work (Bethany College 490052). 

Family Service - Upper Ohio Valley & Altenheim Resource & Referral Services are joining to offer a series of COMMUNITY programs.  The first will be held on May 30, 2019 at Family Service - Upper Ohio Valley, 2000 Main Street, Wheeling.  Vaccinations:  When & Who Should Get Them will be the topic of discussion.  Call Family Service at 304 233-2350 to save your seat!

We will offer a free COMMUNITY program in observance of The Longest Day.  We will once again partner with Good Shepherd Nursing Home to raise awareness of Alzheimer's and related dementias.  On Friday, June 21, JT Hunter, Physician Outreach Specialist with the WV Alzheimer's Association, will be with us to talk about Effective Communication and Understanding & Responding to Dementia-Related Behavior.  The program will run from 1pm - 3pm with sign in at 12:30pm.  We will have materials for families to take home.  Good Shepherd will provide refreshments.  The program will be held in the 1 South Education Room.  Join us for an informative afternoon!  Call Ann at 304 243-0996 to reserve you seat as seating is limited!


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 after completion. Stay tuned for more information! 


Neither of these events will take place in 2019.  We are working on several workshops to be held in the Wheeling - Moundsville area which will offer two continuing education credits for social workers through November, 2019.



If you are are aging and have questions about assistance or if you are helping to care for an older adult, perhaps you could benefit from information on services or information on specific health concerns.  Do you 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, via email ( or on our Facebook page.

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?   (One of the 'helper' websites told me to contact for information!)

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)

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