STEPS Rehabilitation, in Sheffield, is a 23-bed facility designed to help residential and day visitors reach their full rehab potential through intensive therapy from a team of specialists.

While all bedrooms are en-suite, the centre also features a Transitional Living Unit, a rehabilitation gym, stainless steel hydrotherapy pool, café and more. It is surrounded by gardens that allow therapy and relaxation to extend outside.

The £5m centre was purpose-built with design input from experienced clinicians and people who have been through the recovery and rehabilitation process personally, in order to create the optimal environment for patients.

As a result, the facility is very spacious with plenty of natural light and a calm, homely feel. This is all housed under a green roof made up of wildflowers and plants.

With a covered outdoor rehab area, directly to the gym, a green house and mature trees outside, the STEPS team aim to tap into the growing body of evidence which suggests the outdoors can promote faster healing.

Other features of the 26,000 sq ft site, which are at odds with the typical institutional style of healthcare facilities, include the positioning of all bedrooms upstairs.

By having areas for care and social interaction downstairs, the centre has been built to feel as homely as possible to residents. There is a variety of different social spaces for individuals in their care, as well as their family and friends.

STEPS will also be opening up its centre to local branches of charities such as Headway, UKABIF and the Stroke Association, to provide a venue to host meetings and for their members to get involved with some of the activities on offer.

STEPS is an independent provider headed up by chairman Ray Boulger – a prominent figure in the financial services sector – alongside his daughters Jules Leahy, who serves as the MD, and Toria Chan, clinical director. Its launch was supported by a £490,000 Regional Growth Fund grant from Sheffield City Council.

Mr Boulger said: “We know that if we harness patients’ individual drive and desire and add our commitment and care, we will achieve optimal results. We can offer patients the tools with which to push their own recovery to its pinnacle.”

STEPS is currently on a recruitment drive for 100 staff, including consultants, nurses, therapists and catering staff.

The company is working closely with a number of parties in Sheffield, including Sheffield and Hallam universities, on research projects aimed at improving outcomes for neuro-rehab patients.

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