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.
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.
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.
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.