Oakland Care CEO Joanne Balmer has been awarded a British Empire Medal in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List for services to social care during the pandemic.
Joanne was given the commendation in recognition of her leadership of Oakland Care’s six luxury care homes across the country during the turbulence brought on by COVID-19. Under her leadership, each of their care homes continued to deliver industry-leading care, always prioritising the physical and emotional wellbeing of their residents and team members.
“I’m both surprised and delighted to receive the British Empire Medal in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list for services to Social Care,” Joanne said.
“I have worked in health and social care for over 20 years, but still I never expected to receive such a special recognition. I accept the medal warmly in recognition for the efforts of my entire team at Oakland Care, who dedicate their heart and soul to fulfilling our mission every day.”
The announcement comes as the care home provider opened its doors at its new purpose-built care home Elmbrook Court in Wantage, having only recently opened another state-of-the-art home in Enfield – Elsyng House.