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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 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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Ann Koegler | January 31, 2020, 10:19AM

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Senior/Caregiver Resources & Referral Services

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




Altenheim Resource & Referral Services opened in 1995!  We have provided information on resources and services to all who need information.  Thank you for 25 years of support!


Marty Cornett, RN, BSN, NBC-HWC, National Board Certified Health & Wellness Coach, and Ann Koegler,MA, LSW, WV licensed social worker and Altenheim Resource Services Coordinator,will be offering a series of sessions on The Invisible Patient (the caregiver).  Caregivers do a range of tasks for the care receiver.  The intensity often increases as the care receiver declines.  What is done for the caregiver?  Who pays attention to the caregiver?  Often no one.  

Join us as we explore caregiving, and offer information that will help the CAREGIVER.  We will look at self-care, the effects of caregiving, body mechanics, fiancial and legal aspects, and more. 

The sessions will be held the third Wednesday of the month at First Christian Church, 1343 National Road, Wheeling WV from 6:30pm - 8:00pm.  Please call Marty at 708 738-9902 or Ann at 304 243-0996 Friday before the Wednesday session.

Our first session will focus on "The Invisible Patient:  An Introduction" and will be held on Wednesday, February 19 at 6:30pm.


Mark your calendars!  May 5 is THE day to be at the Ohio Valley Mall for the 2020 Older Adult Expo!  It is free to exhibit but our exhibitors must have a certificate of liability insurance (in addition to the registration forms) per Mall regulations.  Exhibitors do not have to be Belmont County agencies.  The event runs from 10am - 3pm.  We encourage area seniors, caregivers and those with an interest in aging to participate.  Registration forms will be going out in mid-February.  Contact me with any questions!


We will be offering a Spring Symposium in March 2020 with several topics of interest, and continuing education credit. The date is March 26, 2020 and the symposium will be held at the Highlands Event Center.  Continuing education credit will be available for social workers (Bethany College 490052) for all sessions.  CEs for RNs will be offered for the Nursing Ethics session ONLY.  Contact Sherri at Bethany ( for registration information.


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. 

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 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.


  • 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? 
  • 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 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.

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) 242-3340 (phone)

Resource & Referral Services:
(304) 243-0996 (phone)

(304) 243-0999 (fax)

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