kindness. comfort. compassion.

We provide caregivers, old-fashioned kindness, and neighborly support to older adults
who want to live at own home safely, comfortably, and as independently as possible. Since 2010
we’ve helped more than 250 families in Newport Beach, Laguna Beach, Newport Coast, and neighboring
Southern California communities live safer, happier lives.

“If your loved one needs care, you cannot do better than Coral Tree.”

Tom A.

Newport Beach

“If there is a better company that cares for people….I wouldn’t know where to find it.” Joyce S.

Newport Beach

“Coral Tree truly care’s about their clients. They were quick to respond to our needs and sent us a very caring and attentive caregiver.”

Norma P.

Capistrano Beach

Our Services

Coral Tree’s in-home care and senior care services allow older adults to safely maintain their independence and health in the comfort of their own home. We offer both hourly and live-in care and are happy to accommodate any non-medical special needs. Read more.

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Personal Care


Non-medical Care

Help with Daily Routines

Additional Support

We Can Help: (949) 706 7550

“Our home is everything”

The Importance of Aging in Place

A 2014 study conducted by Merrill Lynch shows that for the vast majority of retirees – 85% – the preference for receiving extended care is in their own home. The study also found that the emotional importance of one’s home increases as we age. “Prior to age 55, more homeowners say the financial value of their home outweighs its emotional value. As people age, however, they are far more likely to say their home’s emotional value is far more important than its financial value.”


Said one focus group participant: “Our home is everything we put into our house materially and emotionally over the years. It’s us.”

Our Team

Based in Newport Beach, we are a family owned and operated small business serving families throughout Orange County. Read more.

Megan, Innes, Cassidy, Donald, Kate with Finn and Maverick Macdonald

Our Caregivers

“When we feel love and kindness toward others, it not only makes others feel loved and cared for, but it helps us also to develop inner happiness and peace.”  – Dalai Lama

Coral Tree’s caregivers are the heart of the in home and senior care services we offer here in Newport Beach and throughout Orange County. We have a wonderful team of experienced, loving caregivers, who help our clients continue to live meaningful lives, feel loved and valued, and maintain their health and well-being.

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Why Choose In-home Care?

9 out of 10 Older Adults Would Prefer to Receive Care at Home 

There’s no place like home. Did you know that 9 out of 10 older adults would prefer to receive extended care in their own home?

According to a 2014 Merrill Lynch study, the emotional importance and significance of one’s home increases as we age. “Prior to age 55, more homeowners say the financial value of their home outweighs its emotional value. As people age, however, they are far more likely to say their home’s emotional value is far more important than its financial value.”

Said one focus group participant: “Our home is everything we put into our house materially and emotionally over the years. It’s us.”

In-home Care Supports Loved Ones with Dementia & Alzheimer’s 

Being able to receive care and support at home, in the comfort of familiar things, sounds, smells, and routines can help ease the stress and anxiety of a dementia or Alzheimer’s diagnosis. It’s even said that being at home, where you have memories and associations, can help impede the progress of the disease.

Moving is stressful at any age –– some research even suggests that moving is more stressful than divorce! But moving is especially stressful for seniors, and can result in Relocation Stress Syndrome or “transfer trauma,” leading to a dramatic decline in mental and physical health. Older adults with memory loss are particularly susceptible.

In-home Care Is Flexible

As your loved one’s health and personal care needs change, you can always increase or decrease the amount of care. We offer short-hours as well as 24-hour and live-in care.

In-home Care Is One-to-one Care

As opposed to assisted living or board and care facilities, which have just a handful of staff overseeing the myriad needs of all residents, in-home care allows your loved one to have one-to-one care: one caregiver dedicated solely to their well-being, supporting them, and caring for their personal needs.

In-home Care Allows for Greater Freedom & Independence 

In-home care allows your loved one the greatest sense of independence, freedom, and control. Changing bodies and cognitive struggles can lead to great physical and psychological stress for older adults, and a sense of losing one’s independence is often a cause of deep frustration. Being able to receive care in the comfort of one’s own home can help soften the difficulties of aging, allowing seniors a continued sense of control in their lives.

In-home Care Promotes Healing & Well-being

Research has shown that we heal more quickly and comfortably at home. Seniors who live at home, despite needing help with personal care or dealing with chronic conditions, report greater life satisfaction. Patients who receive in-home care are also less likely to be re-hospitalized.

In-home Care Is Safe

Our caregivers are kind, experienced, carefully screened, bonded and covered by our liability and workers’ compensation insurances. As a small agency, we get to know everyone who works with us personally. Many of our caregivers have worked with us since we started Coral Tree in 2010 and have decades of experience caring for older adults. Our caregivers understand the inclinations and sensitivities of older adults; providing care for seniors is their profession and life’s work. Cassidy and Megan also oversee all of our client care, liaise with families, and make regular visits to our clients to ensure they are receiving the best possible care, as well as that our caregivers have any support they might need.

In-home Care Is Personal

We get to know our clients well and provide a high level of personalized care. We understand what a huge step it can be to accept help and support, but the rewards far out-weigh the initial fear of getting to know new people…

Working with Coral Tree vs. Hiring Private Care

Deciding to hire a caregiver for a loved one is a big decision for most families. Where to start? How much support is needed? What’s the best way to bring in outside help? Should we work with an agency or hire private care? How much will this cost? What are the risks involved?

We’ve worked with hundreds of families throughout Orange County and understand all of the nuance and thought and sensitivity that goes into the decision to hire someone to work in your home. And all of the questions that might arise, and things you’ll want to consider.

Working with us (as opposed to hiring someone privately) reduces so much of the stress and anxiety on a variety of levels. For one, our caregivers are people we know. They have experience working with older adults and are dedicated to the work of caring for others.

Many of our caregivers have worked with us since we started Coral Tree in 2010, and we personally interview all new hires; we run background checks; and only hire caregivers that have a minimum of four years experience providing one-to-one care for an older adult. Our caregivers also do training every year, and are all registered with the state of California. Many have decades of experience providing care for older adults, have been trained in safety and the myriad aspects of elder care.

While this is still a new person coming into your home, you can rest assured that they aren’t someone who would take advantage of your parent or family in any way. For our caregivers, caregiving is their career and life’s work. They are sensitive to the needs and desires of older minds and bodies.

Your family also always has our support: Cassidy and Megan make regular visits to our clients. Also, if the caregiver working with your parent becomes sick, or needs time off, we will introduce, train, orientate, and send another of our caregivers to work with your parent. Any scheduling needs that might arise are always our responsibility.

Working with us also protects your family from significant legal and financial risk. Our caregivers are our employees, and so covered by our workers’ compensation and liability insurances.

Did you know that if your family decides to hire a caregiver privately, that you are legally required to pay both workers’ compensation insurance and payroll taxes?

Caregivers rarely qualify as independent contractors; they would be considered an employee of your parent or loved one.

If the caregiver you’ve hired privately is injured while working for you, (they sprain their back, for example), and they aren’t covered by a worker’s compensation policy, your family would be personally responsible for all of their medical expenses related to their injury.

Many people mistakenly think a caregiver would fall under the category of “residential employee” as covered by homeowner’s insurance, but this is not the case. (You can find “residential employee” in the the definitions part of your policy.) Caregivers do not quality as residential employees as defined by the law.

In California workers’ compensation insurance is open-ended. That means there is no fixed amount that is paid out in the event of an employee getting injured, and you would be responsible for their workers’ compensation and medical expenses for the life of the injury.

Because of the nature of the work caregivers do: transferring, lifting, and assisting often involved, they are more susceptible to injury than people in other lines of work.

Another risk to your family, if you decide to hire a caregiver privately, is the caregiver claiming unemployment after the job has ended. If you haven’t been paying payroll taxes, you would be personally responsible for paying their unemployment and also subject to a fine. You would also be required to pay back taxes for the time they were under your employment, as well as interest on those back taxes.

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Recommended Reading

Life, Death, and Love
Susan Macleod, Lion’s Roar
Artist and writer Susan MacLeod observes the foibles, humor, and caring of life in a nursing home. There, she and her mother finally came to know each other. “When I slowed down to be fully with Mom, I also saw more depth in the nursing home experience than I had expected. People who live in nursing homes are full of life. Beneath the restrictions of their diminishing physicality and cognition, their spirit is often strong; I know my mother’s was. And the more I visited her, the stronger and more loving she became.”

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April 18, 2019

Oliver Sacks: The Healing Power of Gardens
This is an excerpt from “Everything in Its Place,” a posthumous collection of writings by Dr. Sacks.

As a writer, I find gardens essential to the creative process; as a physician, I take my patients to gardens whenever possible. All of us have had the experience of wandering through a lush garden or a timeless desert, walking by a river or an ocean, or climbing a mountain and finding ourselves simultaneously calmed and reinvigorated, engaged in mind, refreshed in body and spirit. The importance of these physiological states on individual and community health is fundamental and wide-ranging. In 40 years of medical practice, I have found only two types of non-pharmaceutical “therapy” to be vitally important for patients with chronic neurological diseases: music and gardens.

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Local Organizations & Support

Newport Beach’s Oasis Senior Center

April 2019 OASIS News

OASIS is a large Senior Center dedicated to meeting the needs of all seniors and their families. Many educational, recreational, cultural and social services are offered, aimed at helping older adults live an enriched, active and independent life. The Center is owned and operated by the City of Newport Beach and is staffed by a core of professionals who are responsible for planning classes and activities, working with seniors in developing new and exciting programs, providing support services and counseling, and helping family members who are concerned about their parents.

Laguna Beach’s Susi Q


Founded in 1975, Laguna Beach Seniors was one of the first senior service nonprofits in Orange County. Since 2009, our home has been the Susi Q, a warm and welcoming center where our fastest-growing demographic is living it up and finding the help they need. The Susi Q also is the heart of an ambitious vision called Lifelong Laguna: a community and a nonprofit working together to make the town we love a better place for the rest of our lives.

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The Coral Tree

The coral tree, Erythrina, is the official tree of Newport Beach (as well as Los Angeles) and also a royal tree to the Zulu, believed by many, particularly in Africa, to have medicinal, healing properties. The Zulu planted coral trees on the graves of their chiefs, and also used these colorful, flowering trees to create natural walls for their kraals, or villages. It’s said that coral tree bark applied as a poultice can be used to treat wounds and arthritis; and in South Africa, coral tree seeds are said to be good-luck charms. The coral tree represents home and healing to our family — that which we hope to bring to you.

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(949) 706 7550

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If you are considering in-home care for a family member or loved one, you can submit your initial information online here.
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