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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 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 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, and general maintenance, 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


Serving the area for over 25 years with information and resources for older adults and caregivers



Up & Coming

Powers of Attorney program at Family Service-UOV on  May 24

The Belmont County Adult Services meeting is Thursday, June 2 at 11 am.

End of Life Ethics workshop is June 23.





We are accepting applications!

Contact Executive Director George Dakovic through the website, email or call 304 281-8797 for information.




 Please contact Resource Services for help with questions about aging or caregiving. 

You can reach us through this web page, by email (; and by calling 304 280-8701 (please leave a message).  


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 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. 

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



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 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? 
  • If you contact the service:  are their consumer representatives helpful and polite?  (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.





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.

Community Programs have been suspended until further notice.

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!  Presentations are being done via Zoom.

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 pertaining to 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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