A hospice pharmaceutical provider is extending its emerging national reach to senior citizens in the Chicago area.
OnePoint Patient Care is an independent company that fills prescriptions and creates custom compounds for hospices around the country.
The company has served Arizona hospices for more than 20 years and only recently began expanding nationally to Florida, Oklahoma and Nevada.
More locations are planned for next year.
These local operations provide 24-hour accessibility as well as home deliveries to patients. OnePoint makes an average of 7,500 home deliveries a day.
News of OnePoint's expansion to service more hospices follows a recent report that more terminally ill patients are living little longer thanks to end-of-life facilities around the country.
Those who decided to enter a hospice survived an average of 29 days longer compared to patients who did not enter such a facility, according to the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization.
Also, it seems more people are taking advantage of hospice care. In 2007, approximately 1.4 million people received hospice care, an increase of about 100,000 from the year before.
In the U.S., there are approximately 4,700 hospice facilities.