Crisis Prevention/Intervention

  • Proactive planning for Behavioral & Psychological Symptoms of Dementia (BPSD)

    Activities and Programs:

    Music and Memory Program

    La Crosse County Dementia Support Groups

    Association for Frontotemporal Degeneration (FTD) Support Groups

    Lewy Body Dementia Association (LBDA) Support Groups

    Caregiver Support:

    Oasis Respite Program

    Savvy Caregiver Program

    • Focuses on helping family/friend caregivers of people living with dementia to acquire and strengthen knowledge, skills, and attitudes that are appropriate for the community-based caregiving role they have undertaken.


    Peer Caregiver Support


    WI Alzheimer’s Association Teleconference Support Groups


    Powerful Tools for Caregivers


    Online Family Caregiving Training



    Dementia Care Specialist Program

    Dementia Toolkit - all the toolkit files are located here:


    A nonpharmacologic toolkit to promote positive behavioral health

    Proven Dementia De-escalation Techniques (very basic and short - 6 pages)

    Crisis Prevention (CPI)

    • Empowering and supporting individuals and organizations to deliver person-centered, dementia capable memory care.
    • Strongly recommended for acute care
    • Fee based
    • Crisis Prevention (CPI)
  • Therapeutic Design of Physical Space

    Tactics to make your facilities physical space more dementia friendly:

    Dementia Care Environment Audit Tools and Services

    • Audit tools for assessing the care environment


    Environmental & Communication Assessment Toolkit (ECAT) for Dementia Care (cost)

    • This evidence-based toolkit includes the tools you need to assess, intervene, and modify on an individualized basis to ensure the quality of life for people with dementia. This is available from multiple websites.

    Person Directed Dementia Care Assessment Toolkit

    • Excellent resource published by Wisconsin DHS
    • A guide for creating quality of life and successfully refocusing behavior


  • Crisis Response Options
    • La Crosse Mobile Crisis (24/7)
      • 608-784-4357
      • Contact for immediate stabilization of an individual
    • Great Rivers 2-1-1
      • Offers free, confidential community information and referrals 24 hours/day
      • Dial 2-1-1 or (800) 362-8255 to talk to an information and referral specialist
      • Crisis Hotline 24/7
        • Dial 2-1-1 or (800) 362-8255 to talk to a crisis specialist
    • Alzheimer Association 24/7 hotline
      • 1-800-272-3900
      • Answers all types of questions
    • Dementia Emergency Website
      • Suggestions to calm a variety of situations
      • Information is generalized
Date Last Updated: 07/28/2023 1:38 pm