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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!
Senior/Caregiver Resources & Referral Services
Serving the area for 25 years with information and referral for older adults and caregivers
25 YEARS OF SERVICE TO OLDER ADULTS AND THEIR CAREGIVERS 1995 - 2020
I never imagined that our 25th year would go down in the books as the YEAR OF THE CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC. I had visions of a reception, some special programs, and a few other things that would celebrate 25 years of being part of the Altenheim family and a valuable part of the aging services network. That didn't happen.
Instead, I have worked from home for almost 9 months - and counting. Our Spring Symposium was cancelled. The Older Adult Expo at the OV Mall was cancelled. Community events and presentations were cancelled. Meetings have (for the most part) gone virtual as have workshops and other programs. It's been quite an experience.
With that being said, I wanted to say thank you. Thank you to everyone who has supported us for the past 25 years. Thank you to the caregivers, the older adults, the students, my colleagues - everyone who has sought information or peer consults. I am so grateful.
Thank you to Executive Director George A. Dakovic who has always been supportive of Resource Services and provided all we needed to help our community. Thank you to our Altenheim Board whose members over the past 25 years have seen the value of the services we have provided and supported our efforts.
Thank you to the Advisory Committee whose vision and leadership were instrumental in the development of the Resource & Referral Services concept, and helped make that a reality.
Thank you to the agencies who have shared information, and who have partnered with us for the many programs we've held over the years. Thank you to the presenters who have shared their time and their expertise.
Thank you to Marylee Smith who was my right hand for 20 years and was an Altenheim employee for about 30 years; and, to Patty Henderson, the Program Assistant Coordinator for several years. Thank you to my volunteers: Evelyn, Ron, Becky, Ellie, Mary Charlotte, Jennie Lee, Jennings, Susie, Anna K, Henry, Margret, Loe, Jeanette, Kim, and many others. I'm sure I've missed some of you but your assistance has been greatly appreciated! Thank you to the Altenheim employees who have helped Resource Services so much!
Thank you to First Christian Church Wheeling (DOC) for allowing us to use the church for our programs.
I've probably forgotten someone or an agency who was vital to our success. There have so many people over the past 25 years that were instrumental to our being here for so long. Our state agencies have been supportive as have our local agencies. Thank you for your confidence is us.
We have seen so many people come and go. They have all made an impression and contributed to Resource Services and its success.
We are so grateful for ALL the support over the past 25 years!
Here's to the next 25 years!
Be alert to scams!! See the Blog for information on "common" scams and resource information!
Mountaineer Food Bank food giveaway has been postponed until December. Alternate date contingent on COVID numbers.
PHONE NUMBER CHANGE
Ann is working from home. Call or email for information on resources and services. Please contact Resource Services: through this web page (www.altenheimcommunity.com); by email (firstname.lastname@example.org); by calling 304 280-8701 (please leave a message)
ALTENHEIM COMMUNITY ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS
Contact our Executive Director George Dakovic at 304 242-3340 for an application or information on the Retirement Community cottageges.
COMBATTING THE HEALTH CRISIS
As numbers climb, we are reminded that we aren't through this health crisis yet! A vaccine is coming but we are still a little ways off. Hold on!!! As Dr. Fauci says - "The calvary is coming!" Don't let up now. Hospitalizations are going up. Hospital personnel are being infected. We need to be cautious, be considerate, be kind, and protect ourselves and others. Don't relax now! Don't be the next person to get this or spread this because of Corona Fatigue. We're all tired. We're all getting a little frustrated. Stay the course and we will get through this!
Please continue to be considerate and help fight the spread of the Coronavirus / COVID-19.
WASH YOUR HANDS - OFTEN - FOR 20 SECONDS
WEAR A MASK IN PUBLIC AND WHERE YOU CANNOT SOCIALLY DISTANCE
DISPOSE OF MASKS PROPERLY (IN A BAG AND SEAL). REMOVE STRAPS BEFORE DISPOSING.
MAINTAIN SOCIAL DISTANCING
KEEP YOUR HANDS AWAY FROM YOUR FACE
IF YOU'RE SICK, STAY HOME!!!!!!!!!!!
SOCIAL ISOLATION AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE!
Do not risk exposing anyone to this virus.
Contact your health care provider if you think you have been exposed to or contracted the virus.
CONTACT Ann at email@example.com or through this web site for more 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!
Our office is temporarily closed. You can contact us through our website, via email (firstname.lastname@example.org) or by calling 304 280-8701 and leaving a message. Please do NOT leave a message on our Facebook page.
Most events have been cancelled or postponed. When we resume activities, we will post them on our event calendar.
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?
- If you contact the service: are their consumer representatives helpful and polite? (One of the 'helper' websites told me to contact yellowpages.com 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 AND CONSULTATION
- RESOURCE INFORMATION
- SERVICES PROVIDED VIA TELEPHONE, EMAIL, OR ZOOM
ALL PROGRAMS ARE CURRENTLY 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 WILL BE DONE VIA ZOOM BUT WILL NOT BE DONE IN PERSON!
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!