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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, family and professional caregivers, and their advocates with information, education, and support for over 25 years







Click on the Senior Resources and Referrals tab on the upper left of this page.  Go to the Helpful Information tab on the middle left of that page.  You will find several helpful guides and tools under the tab.  The Timely Resources Care Guides (TRCG) offer information on long-term care, caregiver stress, tips for caring, and placement.




We often find that our loved ones aren't doing as well as we hoped when we visit.  Perhaps you live at a distance and your visits are limited.

If you find your family member needs some help, call us.  We'll talk to you about available services.  Free.  Confidential.  Get in touch with us to find out what may help.



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?

To empower older adults and caregivers through information, education, advocacy, & 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.  

What do we do?

We offer professional assistance for those seeking information, resources, and options for care for older adults, their advocates, and caregivers.

We'll discuss your situation and your needs at no charge.  Contacts are confidential.


    • in person, by phone, or by email
    • if you would like an in-person consult, please call to schedule an appointment
    • snail mail, email
    • in person
    • in person
    • on issues relevant to older adults, caregiving, or on our Altenheim Retirement Community are available at no charge, and your group's size doesn't matter!
    • monthly - send us your email address or click on the NEWS tab above.
  • BLOG on current issues.  Click on the BLOG tab above.  Leave us your comments.


                                                   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.


Click on the Senior / Caregiver Resources and Referrals tab above for more information.


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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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