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ALTENHEIM IS ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS!
CONTACT EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR GEORGE DAKOVIC FOR INFORMATION OR TO APPLY!
Altenheim Retirement Community has long been a part of Wheeling's 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 Kepner Funeral Home / 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 decided to shift the focus to free-standing, independent housing for adults 65 years and older 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 and Resource & Referral Services Coordinator. We continue to focus on older adults offering housing in our modern cottages and 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 individuals who are 65 years of age and older. Our eight free-standing cottages are rented on a monthly basis and are equipped with stoves, refrigerators, dishwashers, microwaves, washers, and dryers. Amenities include lawn care, snow removal, general maintenance, activities, and more. Pets are considered. Rent does not include utilities. There is no admission fee.
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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ALTENHEIM RESOURCE SERVICES
Serving the area for over 25 years with information and resources for older adults and caregivers
JANUARY 27 - HOLOCAUST MEMORIAL DAY
This day honors the six million Jewish people who perished alongside millions of others killed under Nazi persecution of other groups. The day also marks the 78th anniversary of the liberation of the Auschwitz-Birkenau death camp in what was then Nazi-occupied Poland.
Violence is like a weed - it does not die even in the greatest drought. Simon Wiesenthal
WHEELING WINTER FREEZE SHELTER
The low-barrier Freeze Shelter is open from 8:00 pm - 8:00 am and is located in the Catholic Charities ballroom at 2000 Main Street. The Shelter will remain open through mid-March depending on the weather. For information, call 304 639-8429 or email email@example.com.
FREE INCOME TAX FILING AT OHIO COUNTY PUBLIC LIBRARY
The VITA (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance) helps those who need assistance completing their tax forms. The service begins on January 23 by appointment and runs through April 10.
People must first pick up a packet of information from the library regarding making an appointment. The packet also includes information on what is needed to complete the tax filing process. No pickups can be made on Tuesdays but calls will be taken from 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm.
To speak to VITA volunteers, call 304 232-8985.
TRIAL BUS SERVICE in WHEELING
The Ohio Valley Regional Transit Authority is starting runs to Glen Dale - Moundsville on January 3. This is a 6-month trial and will assess ridership. The runs will be 4 times a day on Tuesday and Thursday and will run from the Intermodal Center in Wheeling to WVU/Reynolds in Glen Dale and the DMV in Moundsville.
We believe that information is empowering for older adults and caregivers. Learning about the issues we face as we age, the needs and nuances of our care receivers, and the available resources and services help us make intelligent choices about our lives.
If we can help with your questions, do not hesitate to call us for a free, confidential consultation.
ALTENHEIM RESOURCE SERVICES
YOUR GATEWAY TO INFORMATION ON AGING & CAREGIVING
Please contact Resource Services for help with questions about aging or caregiving.
You can reach us through this web page, by email (firstname.lastname@example.org), and by calling 304 280-8701 and leaving a message. Please do NOT leave messages on the Facebook page.
We offer professional assistance for those seeking information and options for care for older adults - whether it's for yourself, a family member, or a friend.
If you 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?
- Are you a caregiver that needs services to help your care receiver?
- Contact us! We'll discuss your situation and your needs - free and confidential! You are under no obligation.
LET US BE YOUR GATEWAY TO CARE FOR OLDER ADULTS!
There are services to meet needs and to provide information but sometimes the choices add to the confusion. Perhaps we do an Internet search. That can be confusing, too, and sites may not be up to date.
The Internet offers an abundance of information, and many of us begin our searches online.
There are some questions to ask as we look through the sites.
- Is the information unbiased?
- Who are the websites' sponsors?
- Can you talk to a person with your concerns?
- Is the information reliable, up-to-date, and accurate for your specific location?
- If you contact the service: are their consumer representatives helpful and polite?
Altenheim Resource & Referral Services has been a division of Altenheim since 1995, assisting 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 about older adults.
FREE SERVICES INCLUDE
- ASSESSMENT AND CONSULTATION
- RESOURCE INFORMATION
- SERVICES PROVIDED VIA TELEPHONE, EMAIL, OR ZOOM
Workshops for professionals are being offered in person as long as it is deemed safe to do so. Zoom presentations are done when public safety dictates.
We also offer 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.
Let us help you with the aging and caregiving journey.
Check out our Blog section for questions and answers about older adults and caregiving!