Nursing assistants provide the care, compassion and diligence our loved ones deserve. These devoted personnel come in a variety of forms from nurse aids to in-home caregivers. To recognize their hard work, Nursing Assistants Week was created in 1977. This year’s celebration begins on Thursday, June 11 and concludes on the following Thursday, June 18.

Why not show you care with a small token of appreciation? Honor the ones who devote their time, energy and skills to care for others with one or more of these creative ideas.

Personal Care Basket

Go on and pamper the ones who always care for others. Personal care baskets can include a variety of items. You might choose a theme like a mani-pedi and fill the basket with a base coat, a favorite polish color, top coat, hand lotion and emery board.

Or perhaps you’d like to focus on relieving stress. Compile the basket with heavenly scented items like bath salts, foot lotions, body sprays and scrubs. For male nursing assistants, you might consider shaving cream, razors and unscented lip balm.

Don’t forget the details. Choose a traditional woven basket, fill it with brightly colored tissue paper, wrap it up in cellophane and top it off with a matching bow.

Apply a Weeklong Theme

Make the most of Nursing Assistants Week with daily celebrations. Select a theme and bring a small treat or gift for each day.

 Check out these playful ideas for themes:

  • You’re an Essential Piece of the Puzzle
  • Nursing Assistants Are At the Heart of It All
  • Nursing Assistants: Unsung Super Heroes

The themes can be easily applied by selecting a small token of appreciation for each day. You might include a decorated water bottle, notebook, coffee mug, picture frame or coaster.

Give the Gift of Thoughtfulness

We can’t underestimate the impact a kind word, card or action can have on others. Nursing assistants, in particular, tend to find themselves working in the background and doing essential tasks to make the environment run seamlessly. It can be easy to feel forgotten from time to time.

Show your appreciation with the little things. A handmade card and a photograph of your nursing assistant with you or your loved one can be easily attached to a colorful balloon. A gift like this one is budget friendly and sure to bring a smile to anyone’s face. If a balloon isn’t your style, why not tie the photo and card to a small houseplant or travel mug?

Finding quality care for your loved ones at home or in a healthcare facility can take a huge weight off your shoulders. The nursing assistants at Minnesota’s Matrix Home Health Care Specialists are truly worth celebrating. You’ll find a compassionate staff, trained and educated by a registered nurse. For more information about the staff and services provided by the Matrix Home Health Care Specialists in Minnesota, schedule a consultation by calling 925-525-0505 today.