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Welty Townhouse Residents Appreciate Amenities

The new Welty TownHomes in Wheeling have become home to longtime local residents and some who have recently moved to the area.

A project of the Welty Trust, the 12 townhomes provide a new gracious living option for people age 65 and older. Only two of the townhomes are still available; the others have all been rented by people eager to leave home maintenance behind.

Alberta Medovic moved from her Wheeling residence to Welty TownHomes after little things started to go wrong with her house. “My children encouraged me to consider assisted living, but I really don’t need that,” she said.

An active person, Medovic insisted she wanted to continue to live independently. “When we heard about Welty TownHomes, my kids and I thought it was a good idea,” she said.

The townhomes offer all the amenities of a private residence, with a number of features that are attractive to seniors. For instance, each resident is provided with an emergency call necklace that summon helps if they should ever need it. In addition, the bedrooms and bathrooms are all equipped with emergency pull cords.

“When I first moved in, my daughter put the call necklace together and pressed the test button to make sure it was working,” she said. “Within minutes there was someone at my door to help.”

Medovic and her husband started and operated Convenient Food Mart locations in Wheeling and later the Washington Avenue True Value hardware store. Since her husband died, she had stayed active by volunteering at the Wheeling Hospital information desk.

She said she enjoys living in the townhome, which has two bedrooms, two full baths, a laundry area and abundant closet space. French doors in the living room open onto a covered porch and open patio overlooking a large open area which will soon be landscaped and include a structure that will accommodate neighborhood gatherings. Welty TownHomes manager Betty Toland said she plans to hold a block party there for all the residents once the construction and landscaping have been completed.

Neighbors Agnes and Thomas Hinton moved into their townhome after a short stay in the Clara Welty Apartments. “We moved from southern Mississippi to be near my daughter and her family,” Dr. Agnes Hinton said. They lived in the apartments until the townhomes were available.

She said she likes the large, open floor plan the townhomes offer, and looks forward to gardening. She has already started a blueberry bush and tomato plants in large pots on her back patio.

The Hintons are both retired. Agnes Hinton was a community health professor at the University of Southern Mississippi and her husband worked as a quality assurance specialist and Social Security disability determination examiner. Moving from a large house into a townhome was easier than the Hintons expected. In addition to the townhomes’ generous closets, there’s a large storage area that’s accessible from both the garage and patio. “The storage is wonderful,” she said.

They also like the support they receive from the townhomes maintenance staff. “They’re always available to help us,” she said. “They helped us put together a credenza, and they’re coming back to hang our pictures.”

Just after the Hintons moved in, there was a glitch with the gas furnace. “They sent someone right away and it was fixed,” she said. Because maintenance services are included in their monthly rent, they never receive a bill for maintenance.

They appreciate that they can get from their attached garage into their home without climbing any stairs. Thomas Hinton, who uses a walker to get around, no longer drives, so the complimentary transportation to medical appointments is a nice perk. Agnes Hinton said she has also taken advantage of the transport service.

The move from Mississippi has been a good one for the Hintons. They love being able to attend their grandchildren’s school concerts and sporting events. Agnes Hinton enjoys visiting local historical sites, and taking classes at Oglebay Institute, including one in which she and her granddaughter learned to make maple syrup. She said she’s looking forward to meeting more of her neighbors as the weather improves.

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