Are you an upper-limb amputee or are you physically challenged in that you are unable to fully use one or both arms/hands? Or, is it simply difficult or painful to reach some areas of your body when taking a shower?
For complete bathing independence, we offer you the tools needed for both washing and drying...
For drying: the Tornado Body Dryer.
For washing: the Tornado Body Washing System (see below)
Tornado Body Washing System Designed to help you shower independently again.
Are you, or your loved one, having difficulty washing in the shower?
The Tornado Body Washing System(TM)has been developed to solve that problem. This unique product is designed to be flexible enough to meet very specific, individual needs. You may need help washing your entire body. Or, you may need the Washing System to wash just one, or a few areas — an arm or feet, legs or back, or perhaps your face and hair because reaching up is difficult.
What would you say to no more difficult bending and reaching, no more inconveniencing your family, no more awkward movements for your caregiver who gets soaked in the process, no more indignity while doing an otherwise everyday activity?
You are about to discover an entirely new way of washing yourself with the use of Cleansing Bars mounted on your shower wall — placed exactly where you need them for YOUR body.
Welcome to the world of independent showering! Welcome to the Tornado Body Washing System!
Below are pictures of the body washing system and Hank Esmond, the double-arm amputee who inspired and co-created it. The unit in the corner is the Tornado Body Dryer.
Note: Components of the washing system you receive may not look exactly like the ones in the photo because the system and components have been updated over time to ensure maximum safety and effectiveness for users.
How Does the Tornado Body Washing System Work?
There are TWO versions of the Tornado Body Washing System. One is the Basic System and the second is the Premium System. You mount either System on the inside of your shower wall.
The First Version: The Basic Tornado Body Washing System
The Basic Body Washing System was developed for someone who has the use of at least one arm and hand. This means you can wash some portions of your body with your washcloth. For areas you can’t reach, the System provides two sponge-covered Cleansing Bars.
To use the Cleansing Bars, you pour water onto the sponges to get them wet, and operate the soap dispenser with your “good” arm. To cleanse the parts of your body that you can’t reach, you simply rub against the soapy sponges to wash.
Most users position one Cleansing Bar for their upper body, and one for their legs and feet. But the Bars can be mounted in any configuration.
The Second Version: The Premium Tornado Body Washing System
The Premium Body Washing System was developed for someone who has lost partial or total use of both arms or hands. The Premium Body Washing System is also suitable for those with dexterity or obesity issues.
The Premium Tornado Body Washing System has the same features as the Basic, but it includes four Cleansing Bars plus a completely independent Soap Delivery System.
The Premium System provides cleaning of the entire body: 1) the head, face and neck; 2) the upper torso, including the arms; 3) the bottom torso, including the stomach, the groin and buttocks; and 4) the legs and feet.
Regardless of the number and positions of the Cleansing Bars, both Body Washing Systems give the user the independence to take a shower in privacy. It also relieves a caregiver, if otherwise required, from the difficult maneuvering necessary to assist someone taking a shower.
What Do I Get with My Tornado Body Washing System?
The Cleansing Bars, oversized sponges, attachment ties, multi-channel Soap Dispenser unit, and a specialty drill bit to ensure accurate hole placements are all included with both systems. In addition, the Premium System contains tubing to carry the soap to the individual Cleansing Bars and Hide-A-Tube Covers to conceal and protect the tubing.
With both Systems, we offer recommendations for positioning of the cleansing bars, along with templates and other helpful advice for placement of the components. This allows you to plan the layout of your specific System before installing.
Complete and detailed installation instructions, a link to an installation “how-to” video, and the templates, tools and diagrams included mean you can position and install the system so that it will work perfectly for you.
Special Note about Your Shower Head:
The user of the Basic System can pour water on the sponges because he/she has one good arm. However, a double arm amputee, and those with other disabilities, may not be able to reach up and adjust the aim of a single shower head. So for the Premium Body Washing System user, we strongly recommend two shower heads: one aimed at the user, and the second aimed at the sponges.
While we have tried to include everything you need, we have intentionally omitted a two-head shower system from the Premium Tornado Body Washing System.
This is for several reasons: first, various two-headed shower systems differ greatly in price; secondly, the physical abilities of users vary greatly; some may want two shower feeds, not just two shower heads. Finally, the water delivery system may vary depending on whether there will be other users of the same shower.
What About Getting Dry?
For complete independence in the shower, we recommend the Tornado Body Washing System be combined with the Tornado Body Dryer for towel-less, hands-free drying after the shower. The simple joy of having total self-sufficiency and privacy to wash and dry oneself without the need for assistance is immeasurable.
If You Have Questions
If you need help choosing the right Tornado Body Washing System, don’t understand how it works, or you have other concerns, please go to the Contact Us page. We look forward to helping you!