Older Adult & Caregiver Resource & Referral Services and Retirement Housing for Independent Older Adults
DO YOU NEED HELP?
Finding services for an older adult can be a daunting task. So many questions!
- What services are available?
- What's right for my family member?
- Does the care receiver want to remain in their own home?
- Do they need help with meals? Sitting? Bathing, dressing, grooming?
- Safety may be a concern.
- Do they need community services such as a meal program (or what's available if they lived outside the delivery area for home delivered meals?) or transportation program?
- Your aging loved one may be looking at another type of housing such as an apartment, assisted living or nursing home.
- What about services in your area? Are they available? Affordable? Accessible? Appropriate?
- Is there financial assistance or a state program to help?
- Do you think you're on track but need to discuss your situation to see if you're missing anything?
DO YOU WANT TO TALK TO A PERSON? Internet is a wonderful tool and can help us narrow down our options, but sometimes we NEED to discuss our situation with a person. There are also those instances where the website is no longer available, the business has changed, the services don't meet your needs or serve your area, or you are referred to yet another website that is hard to navigate and still doesn't answer your questions. Sometimes you are asked to leave YOUR contact information before you can find answers. And - sometimes the information on the website is just incorrect.
LET US HELP! You can send your inquiry through our web page or you can call us. If we are unavailable to take your call, we have a very simple answer call system. Just speak after the tone. No "Press 1 for this" or "Press 2 for that"....just talk after the beep! We will return your call as soon as we can. We will listen to your questions and try to direct you to the options that best suit your needs. You are also welcome to make an appointment and come to talk to us in person!
We can offer information whether you live in our geographic area (West Virginia / Ohio / Pennsylvania) or in another location! Let us be YOUR GATEWAY TO CARE FOR OLDER ADULTS!
Education is an important part of providing care whether you are a family caregiver or a professional caregiver. A recent report "Caregiving in the US 2015" found that caregivers need information. Those who provide more care report needing more information. Caregivers need to learn about general aging changes, behaviors that may be associated with dementia, incontinence, stress and end-of-life decisionmaking.
We offer free personal enrichment programs that focus on issues relevant to our aging population and those providing care. These programs are offered to increase knowledge, promote learning, provide resources, and enable all who are interested to better advocate for themselves, their families and friends by improved understanding of issues and options.
Programs on Estate Planning, Medicare Part D products and Medicare fraud help community members make informed choices and be wise consumers. Programs on dementia, traumatic brain injury, mental illness and caregiving help by offering information and support.
Professional workshops are scheduled that offer CONTINUING EDUCATION CREDIT for social workers (through our partnership with Bethany College's Department of Social Work and other approved providers) and for nurses (through Altenheim Resource & Referral Services). These workshops help enhance practice standards for professional caregivers, offer potential for growth, increase understanding and knowledge in our specific disciplines, and help us remain current with professional issues.
Check out the EVENTS AND PROGRAMS section to see what's on the schedule! Our programs are listed in CAPITAL LETTERS. We list other professional and community programs in lower case.
Webinars are great tools for our educational needs, but the opportunities of face-to-face learning can greatly enhance the experience. In-person networking with peers, discussion and sharing ideas adds more quality to the overall experience. We do not have our programs on the web.
Do you have suggestions for programs? Let us know! We want to provide the information that YOU need. Whether you are a consumer looking for information or a professional that needs CE credit, we can help!
We offer information you can take with you (brochures, tip sheets, booklets). We have limited books and DVDs that you can borrow. Let us help you with your caregiving questions!
Our Quick Links section offers links to helpful websites.
We provide information on aging and caregiving without regard to location. All who are interested are encouraged to attend our personal enrichment programs. Workshops are offered with continuing education credit for social workers and nurses.
Altenheim has been a presence in Wheeling since 1891 when Anton Reymann established retirement housing for women. These women were mostly German immigrants who had worked in the homes of Wheeling families. When they came to a retirement age, their resources for housing were limited and most did not want to return to Europe. Mr. Reymann established a trust, purchased the Mt Belleview Hotel in Wheeling, and turned it over to a Board of Trustees to oversee the facility. Times have changed and options are now more varied. To accommodate our community, we have changed too. We now offer modern and stylish cottages for independent men, women and couples who are 65 and older.
Our community includes 8 free-standing cottages (3 A-frame design and 5 traditional design). Each cottage has two bedrooms, two baths, living room, dining room and kitchen. Our A-frames have an oversize garage, the 5 larger cottages have two-car garages. The 5 traditional design cottages have a basement, the A frames do not. The cottages are offered on a rental basis.
We'd be happy to tell you about our community! Contact us for information!