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Job Description of a Key Worker

Updated February 21, 2017

Residents of group homes, participants in day programs and clients confined to their homes by physical disability are frequently enrolled in programs to enhance their sociability and physical skills. A key worker, also known as a community support worker, assists people in these environments. Based on information found at SalaryExpert.com, as of August 2010 a key worker in the United States earned an annual salary between £17,089 and £19,592.

Job Duties

Providing varied and comprehensive support to adults receiving care and assistance is the main job duty. Helping them participate in social and recreational activities is necessary. Developing and implementing programs based on client preferences is a job requirement.

Skill Requirements

Patience and a sense of humour are imperative to perform this job. The key worker must comfortably interact with a wide range of personalities. Providing emotional support to clients and families is required.

Preferred Background

A high school diploma or equivalent is required for this position. Background working with diverse groups of adults is helpful. Experience in a group home or retirement living environment is a plus.

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About the Author

Cassie Damewood has been a writer and editor since 1985. She writes about food and cooking for various websites, including My Great Recipes, and serves as the copy editor for "Food Loves Beer" magazine. Damewood completed a Bachelor of Arts in English with an emphasis in creative writing at Miami University.