September 30, 2019
Written by Jamie Loh
Arcare Springwood is now offering weekly barber services for our lovely gentlemen.
The full barber service comes with hot towels and beers.
To create the vintage barber shop look, Arcare Springwood’s maintenance manager, Luke decided to start a little project.
With the help of some of the clients, together they created and painted an amazing barber’s pole, complete with the blue, red and white stripes.
The pole even comes with a flashing light on the top to show customers we are open for business.
Now, the barber’s pole is proudly displayed in front of the hair salon for all to see.
This project inspired Luke to find out more about the history of the barber’s pole and here is what he found.
Hundreds of years ago, barbers didn’t just cut hair.
They also served as the local dentist and surgeon for lower income people who could not afford to visit a physician.
In order to differentiate between surgeons and barbers, the United Barber Surgeon’s Company decided to allocate special coloured poles to identify their different practices.
Barbers were required to use a red and white pole while surgeons had to use a red pole.
While some people have said that the red represents arterial blood, blue symbolises venous blood, and white depicts the bandage.
Here at the Arcare Springwood, we will definitely not be offering tooth extractions anytime soon.
But we will definitely be offering great haircuts, cold beers and a service with a smile!
Jamie Loh is Arcare's Community Marketing Officer for Queensland. Jamie joined the Arcare team in mid 2019, stepping straight into her responsibilities which include communications with the broader community, community engagement and internal communications responsibilities. Jamie is a firm advocate for consistent communications and engaging ideas to help bridge the gap between those living in aged care residences and the wider communities. Jamie utilises a diverse array of strategies to help improve messaging and boost brand awareness and is always advocating for new methods of communicating in different strategies and mediums. After graduating from Brisbane State High School in 2014, Jamie attended the University of Queensland where she earned a Bachelor's Degree in Communications (Public Relations) and Arts (Japanese). During her time at the University of Queensland, Jamie worked with Brisbane's top Public Relations firms and participated in an intensive language program in Tokyo, Japan.