[Tagging] amenity=retirement_home and social facility

Tom Pfeifer t.pfeifer at computer.org
Fri Jul 1 17:02:09 UTC 2016

Martin Koppenhoefer wrote on 2016/07/01 17:13:
> After the recent discussion nursing homes, there is a similar situation with retirement_homes.
> I suggest to introduce a new tag social_facility=retirement_home for these. Currently, there are examples on this page: http://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/Key:social_facility#Examples
> suggesting that retirement homes should be tagged as group homes. This doesn't seem right, as social_facility=group_home suggests a group home, not a retirement home. See also: https://xkcd.com/703/
> The "old" page for retirement homes suggests even another combination, assisted_living. This doesn't sound right either, as it is a tag for assisted living. http://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/Tag:amenity%3Dretirement_home See also the xkcd above.

Well, the question is first, what does the Retirement Home provide.

As it is not a nursing home, there is no constant nursing. So a nurse might be
available on request, or there might be age-specific animation, so it is either
"assisted living" or a "group home", depending on the level of assistance and structure.

Or it is one of the Condos/Apartment blocks with minimum age (legal or not) that was
mentioned in the previous discussion, then it would be no social_facility at all,
it would be just a building=residential with min_age=60.


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