“You don’t choose your family. They are God’s gift to you, as you are to them.”
– Desmond Tutu
Coral Tree In-home Care is a small, family-owned caregiving agency based in Newport Beach, California.
Since 2010 we’ve helped more than 250 older adults and their families throughout Orange County – Newport Beach, Corona del Mar, Laguna Beach, Newport Coast, Huntington Beach, Irvine and neighboring Southern California communities – live safer, happier lives.
Family has been at the heart of Coral Tree since we started the business in 2010.
It was how Cassidy cared for her parents and uncle that inspired Donald to think a move into the world of home care was possible. (The 2007-2008 Great Recession and housing collapse forced our family and thousands of others in the West Coast lumber and wood markets to start over and think big.)
Kate had recently moved back to the States from Sydney where she’d worked for Buddhist nun Ven. Robina Courtin (and before that in San Francisco), helping run various charitable projects. She was eager to help with this new family venture.
For Cassidy, having devoted much of her life to caring for her mother, father, and uncle (and Donald, Kate, and Aonghais!), as well as helping look after older neighbors and friends, Coral Tree was, in many ways, simply continuing what she has always done: help others.
Our Family Business Tree Grows
We were delighted when last year Aonghais and his fiancée Megan decided to move back to Newport from Sydney, where they lived for the last decade, and join us.
“We are so happy to be back in the States and to be able to do meaningful work that really makes a difference in people’s lives,” says Megan.
A graduate of Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Aonghais worked for Personal Trust, a financial services company in Cape Town for four years, before moving back to California to get his MBA in Business Science at Chapman University in 2006.
In 2008 he and Megan moved to Sydney, where he worked for Intercall, State Street, and other financial service industry companies. In Sydney he also co-founded Care Nation, an Australia-wide online caregiver network and resource.
Megan grew up in Arizona and attended Point Loma Nazarene University in San Diego where she played collegiate volleyball. After graduation she began a career in software sales; and it was her job offer at Intercall which took her and Aonghais to Sydney in 2008.
A Better Kind of Care
Now going into our ninth year in business, Cassidy’s commitment to caring for others continues to be at the heart of what we do. It is her personal interest in others: in their stories, lives, and history that is the foundation of how we try and connect with and care for our clients.
Ours is a human-centered (rather than condition-centered) and client-centered model of care. It’s a very personal thing to have people come into your home and personal life – and it’s often a time of great crisis in our clients’ lives when we first meet them. It’s Cassidy’s sensitivity and care that we try and bring to each client, family, and situation
Each of us brings different skills, ideas, life and business experience to this little family business we’ve built together.
We understand first-hand the challenges faced in caring for aging loved ones. We also how vulnerable older adults become in their later years.
We all rely on the kindness of family, friends and community throughout our lives, and yet more and more in our modern world, so many of our elders end up isolated and alone. We understand the struggles that children, spouses and family caregivers face in caring for aging loved ones. We also empathize with the pain and struggle that our seniors without local family or support face. We understand, and we are here to help.
We Get by with a Little Help from Our Friends
We’ve had the support of many kind friends, family, and colleagues over the years.
Sally Keener, nurse practitioner, FNP-C, who we’ve known since we first moved to Newport Beach from Cape Town in the late 80s, helps us on cases that require a medical perspective. Sally received her Bachelor of Science and Masters in nursing from Indiana University and has extensive experience working with the elderly, having practiced nursing for over 35 years.
Kathy Carchidi, a friend of Kate’s, who started The Village in San Clemente and now works for Alzheimer’s Orange County, helped us as a care manager in 2017. A social worker, who’s been a passionate advocate for the elderly her entire career, Kathy helped us expand Coral Tree and make meaningful connections with other like-minded people and organizations in the Orange County in-home care world.
Donald’s sister Julia, a nurse who lives in Cape Town and works in hospice, has helped with advice, resources, and support since we started the business in 2010.
Our friend Sterling Miles, who runs San Diego Home Caregivers, has been a great support to us over the years.
Brad Ackroyd helped with various design, website and IT support from 2013-2015. We’ve also worked with graphic and web designers Victor Thomas and Courtney Campbell, and most recently Arnoud Smits of Communicatie Design in the Netherlands.
kindness. comfort. compassion.
Serving Newport Beach | Laguna Beach | Newport Coast | Neighboring Southern California Communities
If you are considering in-home care for a family member or loved one, you can submit your initial information online here.
We will get back to you within 24 hours.