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    Stylish living for independent older adults Learn More →

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Retirement Community





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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Senior/Caregiver Resources & Referral Services


Empowering older adults and caregivers with information, education, and support for over 25 years




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Altenheim Resource Services - Your Gateway to Information on Aging & Caregiving

Who are we?

Altenheim Resource Services has been a division of the Altenheim Retirement Community since 1995.  We offer free, unbiased information on aging and resources.  We receive no local, state, or federal funding.

What is our goal?

We want to empower older adults and caregivers through information, education, and support. 

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.


What do we do?

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.

  • Do you need information on services to help you remain independent?  
  • Are you a caregiver that needs services to help your care receiver?  
  • Do you need information or resources on specific health concerns?
  • Contact us!  We'll discuss your situation and your needs - free and confidential!  You are under no obligation. 


There are services to meet needs and to provide information but sometimes the choices add to the confusion. 

Many of us begin our searches online.  The Internet is a wonderful resource and offers an abundance of information but searches can be confusing or may offer outdated information. 

When we're surfing the web looking for information, there are some questions to ask:

  • 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?




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 (or anyone interested in aging or caregiving) 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.


                                                   How do you reach us?

You can reach us through our web page, by email (, or by calling 304 280-8701 and leaving a message.  Please do NOT leave a message through our Facebook page.


Check out our Blog section for questions and answers about older adults and caregiving! 


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Contact Altenheim

1387 National Road
Wheeling, WV 26003

Main Office:

(304) 281-8797 (cell)
(304) 242-3340 (phone)

Resource & Referral Services:
(304) 280-8701 (please leave a message)

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