Group Home Worker

A group home can be defined as a residence where individuals both young and old live if they need assistance due to developmental physical or debilitating issues. The number of residents varies depending on the size of the home. The people who work at the facility are normally called group home workers or caregivers. Group homes staff workers 24 hours a day 7 days a week and the workers are trained to deal with the specific situations that apply to each individual resident. The job of a group home worker can be extremely challenging because they must constantly monitor the behavior of the individuals living in the home. In addition to ensuring that residents behave appropriately group home workers also spend a considerable amount of time teaching basic life skills – such as remembering to take medication brushing hair and dressing in suitable attire. They also work as admitters and dischargers of residents and often provide advice to friends and family members of those who are entering or leaving the group home. Depending on the specific situation the goal for some group home workers is to teach a sufficient level of “life skills” to residents so they may eventually move to a type of home in which they would require less supervision and help. The job of a group home worker can be challenging and frustrating but it is often rewarding because they know that they are making a positive difference in the lives of those less fortunate. While there is no formal education required for this career a true desire to help others and a strong sense of compassion is essential. The website www.salaryexpert.com reports that the average salary for a group home worker is between $18975 and $26811 per year.

Education Required: High School Diploma
Avg Salary: $22893
High Salary: $26811
Low Salary: $18975
Tasks: Helps residents learn life skills.
Monitors the behavior of residents.
Ensures that residents receive services provided by the community.
Fosters a home-like atmosphere in the group home.
Also Called: Case Manager
Caregiver
Social Worker
Social Service Worker
Additional Resources: http://www.ehow.com/facts_5879385_job-description-group-home-worker.html
http://www.minddisorders.com/Flu-Inv/Group-homes.html
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