Coastal Kids Home Care--California's only non-profit pediatric home health agency--has provided more than 70,000 in-home visits to more than 9,000 children.

Our Mission

Meeting the unique needs of medically fragile children in the comfort of their home.

Our Story

After more than two decades as a pediatric nurse, Margy Mayfield knew what children living with serious-illness most wanted - to simply be home. Kids thrive when they can sleep in their own beds, eat their favorite foods and spend time with their friends. Yet, as coordinator of pediatrics at a home care agency she watched as pediatric programs faced quotas and cutbacks - affecting the quality of care that children received. Margy believed that kids deserved better.

In June of 2005, Margy co-founded Coastal Kids Home Care, California’s only pediatric home health agency. Her idea was revolutionary. With an exclusive focus on pediatrics, Coastal Kids was able to bring high-quality, compassionate home care to children with serious or life-limiting illness - all at a very low cost to families and community healthcare dollars.

Fifteen years later, Coastal Kids Home Care annually cares for 650 medically fragile infants and children with illness and disability from Monterey, Santa Cruz, San Benito and Santa Clara Counties. Our agency is the only specialized provider of pediatric palliative and end-of-life care in these communities as well. Since opening our doors, Coastal Kids has remained true to Margy’s pioneering idea – to offer exceptional healthcare to children and support to parents, all in the comfort of home.

Our Values

Coastal Kids was founded based on the idea that children deserve high-quality home health care and that this service could be offered with very low overhead. Although the majority of the agency's patients are from families living at or below the poverty line, we are proud to say that Coastal Kids Home Care has never turned a child or family away for inability to pay—and we never want to. Thanks to our grants, event sponsorships, private donations, and tireless hours from staff, Coastal Kids has provided more than 70,000 in-home visits to more than 9,000 children.

What is pediatric home health care?

Our agency provides professional medical care - including nursing, physical therapy and occupational therapy - directly in the homes of pediatric patients. Our agency coordinates with physicians to provide in-home treatments, manage pain and symptoms, monitor progress toward health objectives and offer 24/7 support to parents on caring for their children at home.

Who are our pediatric patients?

Any child with a medical diagnosis requiring in-home nursing or therapy is eligible. To provide care we require a referral and detailed physicians’ order. We coordinate regularly with local pediatricians, hospitals and pediatric specialty clinics at UCSF Benioff and Stanford Children’s Hospital. If you have additional questions on whether a child may be eligible please contact our knowledgeable administrative staff for more information here.

What are our Services?

Coastal Kids Home Care offers seamless transition from hospital to home. We offer 24/7 access to nursing support, hands on equipment training and medication management, at home care coordination, social service support and more.

HOME-BASED PEDIATRIC PALLIATIVE CARE

Children with serious or life-limiting illness qualify for specialized medical care and family support services in the comfort of home. Palliative care provides relief from pain and symptoms for pediatric patients while assisting parents to address the emotional impacts of caring for a child with complex health needs. The goal is to improve the quality of life for the whole family.

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IN-HOME SHIFT AND RESPITE NURSING

Caring for a child with complex medical needs can be strenuous and time-consuming. For many families, balancing the high demands of caring for their child, with work, and the needs of their other family members can become overwhelming. Coastal Kids Home Care shift nurses are available to help through offering in-home RN, LVN or CNA level care in shifts of 3-8 hours.

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PEDIATRIC HOME HEALTH CARE

Children (ages 0-21) with medical needs requiring nursing or therapy services may benefit from home healthcare. With a referral and physicians order, our pediatric nurses travel directly to your home to offer skilled services including blood draws, infusions, wound care, and medication administration. Physical and Occupational Therapy supports children to develop the strength and coordination to handle daily tasks independently.

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COUNSELING

At Coastal Kids Home Care, our counseling team believes that mental health plays a critical role in the overall well-being of children. We coordinate closely with physicians, parents and children to develop individualized goals of care. Together we identify the type of therapy most appropriate for your child’s situation and work in partnership with you to respond to their needs.

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Learn about ways to support us!

Although the majority of the agency's patients are from families living at or below the poverty line, we are proud to say that Coastal Kids Home Care has never turned a child or family away for inability to pay—and we never want to. Thanks to our grants, event sponsorships, private donations, and tireless hours from staff, Coastal Kids has provided more than 70,000 in-home visits to more than 9,000 medically fragile children.