Six weeks after losing her left leg, Deborah Zwaschka-Blansfield, a nursing home resident in California, was told by the nursing home that her insurance had run out.  She was given a choice: Pay for a week in a motel, or move into a homeless shelter.  Instead, she engaged the services of an ombudsman, who petitioned on Ms. Zwaschka-Blansfield’s behalf, and found her a nearby independent living situation.  Ms. Zwaschka-Blansfield’s story is yet another example of the long term care industry putting its bottom-line ahead of the needs of the people it has been charged to serve. Complaints about evictions have caught the attention of federal regulators, who are now seeking ways to step up enforcement of the federal laws that protect residents of the nation’s 15,000 nursing homes.  You can read about Ms. Zwaschka-Blansfield’s story here: