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Dick Achenbach

If you've ever walked into On With Life's Long-Term program in Glenwood, Iowa, it doesn't take long to notice what it is that makes this facility one of the best in the country with an exceptionally caring staff, a one-of-a-kind sensory gym, a therapy garden and a true commitment to every person served. The person charged with overseeing daily operations and who can be credited with making the program all that it is its today is administrator, Dick Achenbach. But in true form, he would never be the first to tell you that. 

"I'm very fortunate to have a great leadership team and a very caring staff - the passion and commitment they show is next to none," says Achenbach. "Our entire team has the same commitment to those we serve and they truly believe in carrying out our mission each and every day." 

Achenbach has worked in healthcare and with those living with disabilities since 1984. He knew immediately that it would be his lifelong career and he has never looked back. 

"By becoming a long-term care administrator, I could help ensure that people would be taken care of and be given the quality of life everyone deserves," explains Achenbach. "I enjoy every day as an administrator because I'm able to see all the hard work and passion that we put forth to help our persons served have the best quality of life possible." 

Achenbach continues to improve the 32-bed program year after year with many new facility projects in the works. The OWL's Nest sensory garden continues to expand, and the entire facility is getting a makeover with new paint, refurbished rooms, and newly remodeled staff and family areas. If Achenbach has anything to do with it, it will all be done with passion and dedication. 

"I'm very happy to be a part of On With Life - the passion for what we do and the difference we have made in others' lives makes us all better people."