[Tagging] nursing homes and group homes

Martin Koppenhoefer dieterdreist at gmail.com
Mon Jun 27 09:20:55 UTC 2016

Recently we have discovered (in a thread on the Italian ML), that someone
has deprecated amenity=nursing_home by putting a disclaimer on the wikipage
[1] to use


because the tags are newer.

>From my understanding, these are different things, where a nursing home is
a place for people in need of permanent care (maybe in groups but more
likely not), while group_home is a very specific kind of structure for
which (small) groups (of the people to be looked after) are necessarily
Some nursing homes might also be group homes, but not all of them are (and
there don't seem to be social facility tags to cover all nursing home
instances, likely on purpose, because there is already an established
nursing home tag).

[1] http://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/Tag:amenity%3Dnursing_home

What do you say, shouldn't we remove this disclaimer from the nursing home
page and shall we continue to encourage the use of the tag
amenity=nursing_home where it applies to?

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