Columbia Medical Alarm, Inc.

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Columbia Medical Alarm, Inc.
(503) 626-1684


Innovative Care Solutions for Independent and Personal Safety

Serving Portland & Vancouver Metropolitan Areas since 1990

“I’ll be right there!” is not always possible but peace of mind is.

Columbia Medical Alarm offers local personal service for the Philips Lifeline medical alert service. Philips Lifeline, the #1 medical alert service, is easy-to-use and designed to reduce the risk of living alone. In the event of a fall or an emergency, help is available at the push of a button. The Lifeline Personal Help Button connects you to a trained Personal Response Associate who can send help quickly – 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

“I am advancing with the newest technology in the industry as it becomes available to provide the best solutions for the client’s safety, peace of mind and reassurance.”

– Barbara Crawford, President – Columbia Medical Alarm, Inc.

  • Medical alert products and services can provide safety, peace of mind
  • Provides access to help 24 hours a day
  • Help older adults maintain their independence
  • Gives families a way to safeguard their loved ones
  • Cost effective solution for providing quick assistance in emergencies
  • Trusted by Doctors, Hospitals and Professional Caregivers for over 35 years

Caregiving for a family member or friend isn’t an easy task these days. Life’s fast pace makes it harder to balance everyday commitments to work and family. You want to be there as much as possible, yet studies have shown that hour after hour of continuous caregiving can lead to exhaustion and depression – and actually jeopardizing the security of your loved one.

Today, family members aren’t as likely to live nearby each other, so ‘sharing the caring’ can be more difficult. Plus, the cost of paying someone to watch your elderly parent, senior relative, or other loved one can really add up, even if it’s only for a short time. A personal medical alarm system gives family and friends the peace of mind knowing that your aging parent or loved one will receive a quick response in a medical emergency.

 

Why Choose Columbia Medical Alarm?

Columbia Medical Alarm Inc. is a local company owned by Barbara Crawford. Formed in 1990, the company serves the Portland and Vancouver metropolitan areas. They offer the newest technology from Philips Lifeline the leader in the medical alarm industry. They also provide professional experience to assist seniors and their families select the best solution for 24/7 personal emergency response. When it comes to experience, capabilities and that special caring touch, no other medical alert service lives up to the reputation of genuine Lifeline and Columbia Medical Alarm. The Lifeline service costs a little more than a dollar a day, there are no hidden costs, no long-term contracts, no equipment to buy, all equipment is offered on a monthly service agreement, and you may discontinue Lifeline at any time.

 

What Services are Available?

Columbia Medical Alarm Inc. works directly with families and also with case managers and other organizations in the area. Columbia Medical Alarm has a dedicated staff and care team. Integrity and responsiveness are personal trademarks of the company. Columbia Medical Alarm Inc. carries the full line of Philips Lifeline medical alert products. Medical alarm products include personal emergency response systems, reminders and wellness checks, medication reminders and medication management systems. Call Columbia Medical Alarm at 503-626-1684 if you are considering any type of medical alert system.

 

Experienced Response Professionals

Lifeline has the largest and most experienced group of response professionals in the industry. With the simple press of a button, at any time of the day or night, you or your loved one is quickly connected with a highly trained Lifeline Personal Response Associate. The Associate quickly makes voice contact, reviews the individual’s personal and medical profile, assesses the situation and then notifies the appropriate support and medical response team as required. Lifeline’s Response Centers, with a staff of over 250 people, are simply the most capable and reliable facilities of their kind.

 

Philips Lifeline Products

A personal medical alarm system gives you peace of mind knowing that you will receive a quick response in a medical emergency. Columbia Medical Alarm and Philips Lifeline also offer other products that assist with wellness check-ins, medication reminder and medication management systems. A brief review of the medical alarm products is included below. Call Columbia Medical Alarm at 503-626-1684 to receive more information about these products. Columbia Medical Alarm will come to you home and demonstrate the entire line of Philips Lifeline medical alert products.

 

Basic Communicator

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The Philips Lifeline Basic Communicator works with your existing telephone and offers all the benefits of 24-hour Personal Response, with two-way voice communication.

  • Adjustable high-volume speakerphone.
  • Remote call answering lets you answer the phone just by pressing the Personal Help Button.
  • Monthly test call reminder.
  • 15 hour Battery back-up in the event of a power outage.
  • The CarePartner Basic Unit works with Lifeline’s Slimline or Classic Pendant and the Tempo Watch Personal Help Buttons.

 

CarePartner Telephone with Reminders

The Philips Lifeline CarePartner Telephone with Reminders is designed to offer the comprehensive features of a medical alert service, while helping to improve quality of life. Six programmable daily, weekly or one-time reminders that can be used to record messages on taking medication, keeping appointments, eating well, exercising. The Dial Announce clearly speaks each number as it is dialed. Large backlit buttons are ideal for those with visual impairments.

  • Lifeline VoiceClock clearly speaks the time of day.
  • TelAssure reminds users to check in with the response center at least once a month.
  • Adjustable high-volume speakerphone with hearing aid compatible handset and ringer volume controls.
  • Remote call answering lets you answer the phone just by pressing the Personal Help Button.
  • 24 hour Battery backup in the event of a power outage.
  • The CarePartner Telephone works with the Philips Lifeline Slimline or Classic Pendant and Tempo Watch Personal Help Buttons.

 

Voice Extension

When you’re in a different part of the house, are you concerned about being heard in an emergency? We can assure you that even if you are unable to speak during a help call, our protocol is to send a responder. However, we understand that you may be more comfortable if you had another Philips Lifeline speaker phone in your home. Now you can, when you had the Philips Lifeline Voice Extension.

  • Optional accessory for the Philips Lifeline Basic Communicator.
  • Helps reduce anxiety over the ability to communicate during an emergency.
  • Helps you feel more confident to make use of more areas within your home.
  • Requires an electrical outlet and phone line connection.
  • Not available in all areas.

 

Philips Medication Dispensing Service – PMD

Complex medication regimens can result in unintended mistakes that can result in serious outcomes. In fact, misuse of medications results in 1 of 10 hospital visits each year and is the number one reason for nursing home admissions among seniors. The Philips Medication Dispensing Service is the only proven service that, by collaborating with caregivers, offers a 98.6% adherence rate for taking the right medications at the right times and in the right way. That means simplification of complex regimens, fewer errors, fewer complications and greater independence for individuals whose medications are important to healthy living.

This service is offered by Philips Lifeline, trusted by hundreds of thousands of healthcare professionals to provide peace of mind, safety and independence to over 7 million seniors for over 30 years.

 

Slimline Personal Help Button

The Slimline Personal Help Button weighs less than 1/2 ounce (half as much as other medical alert buttons), and is waterproof so it can be worn in the shower or bath, where accidents can occur. This medical call button can be worn as an adjustable pendant design or a modern looking wrist-watch. Works from anywhere in or around the home, including basement, garage and yard. [Note: Range may vary due to construction of your home and distance from the Lifeline Telephone or Basic Unit.]

  • 5-year battery life. The user doesn’t have to worry about changing the batteries.
  • Works with either the Philips Lifeline CarePartner Telephone or Basic Communicator.
  • A simple touch of the medical alert button gives you access to fast assistance.
  • Wears like jewelry with a simple, understated pendant design that Lifeline users may adjust to whatever length they desire.

 

Classic Pendant Personal Help Button
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The pendant weighs less than 1/2 ounce (half as much as other medical alert buttons), and is waterproof so it can be worn in the shower or bath, where falls can often occur. Works from anywhere in or around the home, including basement, garage and yard. [Note: Range may vary due to construction of your home and distance from the Lifeline Telephone or Basic Unit.]

  • 5-year battery life. The user doesn’t have to worry about changing the batteries.
  • Works with either the Philips Lifeline CarePartner Telephone or Basic Communicator.

 

Who Needs Lifeline?

Living at home for as long as possible is a goal that most of us share, but as we age, changes occur in our ability to function mentally and physically, making it a challenge to remain at home. These changes often necessitate thinking through next steps and taking action, such as installing safety devices and getting support when needed.

Caregiving for a family member or friend isn’t an easy task these days. Life’s fast pace makes it harder to balance everyday commitments to work and family. You want to be there as much as possible, yet studies have shown that hour after hour of continuous caregiving can lead to exhaustion and depression – and actually jeopardizing the security of your loved one.

Today, family members aren’t as likely to live nearby each other, so ‘sharing the caring’ can be more difficult. Plus, the cost of paying someone to watch your elderly parent, senior relative, or other loved one can really add up, even if it’s only for a short time.

 

Who needs Lifeline and Columbia Medical Alarm?

  • If you are a caregiver for someone most or all of the time at home
  • If you share your time between caregiving and other responsibilities
  • If you don’t live close to an elderly parent or senior family member you worry about

Developing a plan for the future can be difficult, but not having a plan can be more costly, and cause more heartache. That’s why Philips Lifeline and Columbia Medical Alarm is sponsoring the Independent Living Assessment for older adults and their families to plan for the future while continuing independent living at home.

Below are some frequently asked questions? Remember that Columbia Medical Alarm serves the Portland and Vancouver metropolitan areas. They are available to meet with seniors and their families and answer questions about the Philips Medical Alert product line. When you purchase a medical alert product from Columbia Alarm you are getting a resource and support for your product locally.

 

How does the Philips Lifeline Medical Alarm work?

When an emergency happens the following steps occur in the Lifeline system:
1.    Summon Help
When you need help, just press your Personal Help Button, which activates the CarePartner Communicator.
2.    Professional Intervention
Your CarePartner Communicator then dials the Lifeline Response Center and establishes two-way voice communication.
3.    Personal Response
Quickly, a Lifeline Response Associate accesses your profile and assesses the situation.
4.    Closed Loop
The Associate then contacts a neighbor, loved one or emergency services, based on your specific need. The Lifeline Response Associate will follow up to ensure that help arrived.

 

If I live out of town will I be notified of an emergency?

The wonderful thing about Lifeline is that the service will always be there even if you can’t. You can reassure your senior parent, elderly relative, or loved one that they’re always in close touch with those who care. If the Lifeline Personal Help Button is pressed, Lifeline will quickly send the most appropriate assistance and will notify you about exactly what actions were taken (such as contacting a neighbor, family member, doctor or emergency service providers.

 

I am a full time caregiver and how can Lifeline help me?

You know that caregiving for a senior parent, an elderly relative, or other loved one is a full-time job requiring almost constant attention. But you also understand the need for an occasional break to help you restore your own sense of balance and well-being. The wonderful thing about Lifeline is that it can give you that important break (even if it’s only a couple of hours to do errands) and reassure your loved one that help is always a press of a button away. If the Lifeline Personal Help Button is pressed, Lifeline will send the most appropriate assistance and will notify you about exactly what actions were taken (such as contacting a neighbor, family member, doctor or emergency service providers.

 

What is the independent living assessment for older adults?

Developing a plan for the future can be difficult, but not having a plan can be more costly, and cause more heartache. That’s why Philips Lifeline and Columbia Medical Alarm is sponsoring the Independent Living Assessment for older adults and their families to plan for the future while continuing independent living at home. This valuable in home service provides a no cost independent living assessment to see if a medical alarm system is needed at home.

 

What is a Medication Dispensing Service?

Complex medication regimens can result in unintended mistakes that can result in serious outcomes. In fact, misuse of medications results in 1 of 10 hospital visits each year and is the number one reason for nursing home admissions among seniors. The Philips Medication Dispensing Service is the only proven service that, by collaborating with caregivers, offers a 98.6% adherence rate for taking the right medications at the right times and in the right way. That means simplification of complex regimens, fewer errors, fewer complications and greater independence for individuals whose medications are important to healthy living.

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