About St. Louis Altenheim


From staff, to management, to our local Board of Directors, St. Louis Altenheim senior living facility provides a comfortable, safe and secure home. Altenheim residents enjoy the individualized support and health care services, encouragement of maximum independence, and an emphasis on freedom of choice and protection of privacy.


All the Comforts of Home

You won’t see many like St. Louis Altenheim — a one-of-a-kind freestanding, non-profit senior living residence—not part of a cookie cutter chain where every room and building looks the same. Our elegant home has three large living room areas and fireplaces, expansive windows, views of nature, vibrant colors and distinctive amenities—all of which add to the Altenheim ambience.

St. Louis Altenheim offers residents a full range of services, from independent living to supported care to nursing care. This means individuals can remain within the Altenheim family even as their needs change. The continuum of care and services at St. Louis Altenheim assures familiarity and stability for residents and their families.


The mission of the St. Louis Altenheim, a not-for-profit corporation, is to provide a hospitable haven to all elderly citizens regardless of religious or natural background, so each person can experience a high quality of life.


Shape the Future of Care and Services for Seniors.


Respect: We will promote the practice of being self-aware, self-managed and self-directed.

Teamwork: Putting the “group” before our personal interests through active preparation and participation.

Excellence: Excellence in our efforts while achieving results without waste.

Trust: Our complete faith in each member of our team enabling us to be vigilant in safeguarding our integrity and professional competency.


Learn how boutique senior living is perfect for you

For more than a century, seniors have made the St. Louis Altenheim their choice in St. Louis. With exceptional care, treasured friendships and an abundance of activities, the Altenheim offers opportunities for seniors to remain active and independent.


St. Louis Altenheim offers a location like no other – located in the Carondelet neighborhood, overlooking the Mississippi River on the beautiful historic bluffs. Residents enjoy the magnificent panoramic views of nature from our spacious dining room. Most evenings, residents are treated to a glorious sunset.


Overlooking the Majestic Mississippi

Enjoy St. Louis Altenheim’s overlook—a deck built high above the Mississippi River, a patio and river walk—our newest addition that gives residents quiet spots to sit and watch nature along the peaceful Mississippi River. In the winter we are visited by eagles soaring over the historic bluffs.

The Altenheim’s quality reputation and scenic location has attracted families and elderly loved ones throughout the entire St. Louis Metropolitan area—including Illinois.

With easy access from I-55 and I-44, the Altenheim is just 20 minutes or less from anywhere in St. Louis.



The St. Louis Altenheim has been a fixture in the St. Louis community for over 100 years, and remains active in neighborhood groups and activities today.



More than a century ago, there were St. Louis names that would become well known to local residents: Busch, Erker, Lemp, Cramer, Mayer, Stix, Stifel and many others. These prominent St. Louisans and the Founders of the Altenheim, joined together to provide a comfortable and caring haven to St. Louis’ elderly, regardless of their religious or cultural background, and who could no longer maintain a home.

However, the catalyst behind the development of a residence for the elderly resulted from the extraordinary vision of six women who decided to issue a “General Appeal to German Women of the Community.” Thus, the Ladies Society of the Saint Louis Altenheim was officially established.

From this start, the founders purchased the historic Chouteau mansion on the scenic bluffs of the Mississippi River and made some renovations before the first Altenheim residents moved in.

The Ladies Society, conceived by six extraordinary women more than a century ago, has evolved into the Altenheim Society, which remains active today. The Society includes men and women, families and friends of residents, both current and past who volunteer their time and services to help residents feel at home. They have become our residents extended family.


Rich History of Community Support

St. Louis Altenheim was supported by many local businesses early in its history, including the Adolphus Busch family, who donated over $70,000 during the Altenheim’s first 30 years. During World War II, the Altenheim was headquarters to Air Raid Wardens and Red Cross workers. The Red Cross folded bandages and conducted blood drives using the large common rooms of the Altenheim.

In keeping with the tradition set by our founders years ago, the St. Louis Altenheim continues to pursue community involvement.


Altenheim residents are actively involved in a myriad of activities designed to promote social interaction and as active a lifestyle as possible.

Altenheim senior residents enjoying music event.

Activities Catered to Our Residents

You’ll find that you or your loved one’s day is filled with fun games and activities, trips, and learning opportunities. Activities at St. Louis Altenheim are arranged and supervised by a full-time Resident Lifestyle Director who works with the residents to determine what activities they’d like to participate in. The Activities Schedule overlaps from one event to the next to allow residents the option of participating in different activities. Monthly themes incorporate a variety of activities and seasonal events.

Residents, staff, and families enjoy a festive Christmas party together at St. Louis Altenheim.

The St. Louis Altenheim always has plenty of great activities for our residents. Come join us during one of these great moments designed to give friends, family and our residents a memorable experience.


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