Amber Court of Pelham Gardens

(866) 653-9337

1800 Waring Ave, BRONX, NY


  • Assisted Living
  • Senior Community

Payment Options

  • Medicare No
  • Medicaid No
  • Veteran's Benefits Yes
  • Long Term Care Insurance Yes
  • Subsidy Available No
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05/09/2014  -  An OurParents User Writes:

This pace is worse than a prison. I think the prisoners at Rickers Island get better treatment than the residents at amber court, Robert, Ruth, Claire, and Avi all they do is rob from the residents if they go for allowance they would have thousands of dollars and all they do is give them 20 and 30 dollars each time. they allow money keep building when they die they share it among themselves. A resident have been missing since May 7th today is May 9th they still have not found him. There is no security their system is very unprofessional the environment is not SAFE for these resident who are paying over $3,000 and $5,000 for one room...keep in mind this room is a shared room...this place is a money making business ...don't believe what you hear or read...they make up lies and stories to make themselves look good. One resident was in workman circle for over 8 months she is yet to received hundreds of dollars for her monthly allowance for that 8 month period...each time she go for her allowance they only give her $100 she can't even turn her cable on if she do she will not have any money left. This is the type of service they really provide...the food is not prepared well the sandwiches are made with stale bread that have mold I could go on and on and on I am surprised they are still in business but I hope the state will close them down soon. Consider taking your loved one to Kingsharbor, Goldcrest or Workmancircle if you take them to amber court they gonna die before your eyes.

06/17/2013  -  An OurParents User Writes:

What is happening at Pelham Gardens? The care is horrible, the meals are not nutritious, the medical care is lacking and many of the aides are lazy, uncaring and treat the elder residents like crap. They lack empathy and seem to hate their job. I am sure there are plenty of well trained, good home health aides who would love a job with benefits. The people who are at AC need to be there. Please do a better job at caring for them. Most are there because they can no longer live alone, need a secure and safe environment that provides healthy meals and provides the required services with a smile and maybe even some compassion. That is not too much to ask for. Please correct your problems and treat these people with kindness and respect. You don't have to love them but it wouldn't hurt if they were treated to a smile and hug once in a while. I think AC should consider a volunteer program, it would bring caring individuals to the facility. Volunteers who are not paid to be there but are there because they want to give back to those who once served the community and the country would have an amazing impact on the elderly who live there. I found that the residents are extremely grateful when they are shown a little care and kindness. They welcome it, they are hunger for it. Other facilities have such programs. It does wonders for the resident's morale and health outcomes.

02/26/2013  -  An OurParents User Writes:

I feel so bad about your experiences but to be honest It doesn't sound like the Amber Court my mom lives in! She has been loved and cared for since the day she moved in. Everyone has been attentive and helpful and all I can say is Amber Court has been a true blessing for me and my family
Dad has lived there for the past 6 years - of course there are ups and downs but I can say they truelly know what their doing and my Dad wouldn't be the healthy happy person he is today without Robert and his crew

God bless the Schonberger's they have been a true godsend - everywhere I looked I couldn't afford a good, safe caring place for my sister. Now that I found this place not only is my sister doing better she talks to people she plays games she smiles and its all at such an affordable price - I couldn't have been more blessed - I don't know how they do it and always w a smile - thank you!

Response: It is affordable and that's why many family members move their loved ones in. But all that glitters isn't gold. They present a good case and residents that don't need help with activities of daily living will do great but those that do, do not fare so well. AC is better than your loved one living at home alone but they could do so much better. It's fallen down and I am not sure that the owners are aware of all the problems at Pelham gardens. I hope they read these reviews and try to make this a better place. It certainly has potential to return to what it once was.

06/16/2012  -  An OurParents User Writes:

Amber Court is what what you think it is, this place is only in it for the money, the so called marketing director ruth mastro picks up any and everyone off the street an homeless person, someone with life threatning disease, or a very sick person, a convicted criminal and these are the type of people your family shares a room with

Response: You are critiquing the residents? They are not the problem. Most are great, some are ill, that's not a crime or a bad thing, it is part of growing old and many are demented or suffer from Alzheimer's. However, that does not make them criminals and I am sure the majority had homes prior to living at AC, have insurance, pensions and bank accounts. If you don't like the facility say so but don't trash the elder residents that are in their care. You are misplacing your anger on innocent people, shame on you.

05/20/2012  -  An OurParents User Writes:

The food is not good on weekdays. Don't sign anything til you have seen the room they are giving you and you have met your roommate. Be prepared to walk out with your loved one.

05/20/2012  -  An OurParents User Writes:

I just found out Paulette (in charge of activities) @ Amber CT was fired. She is one of the few workers who actually gives a @#$%. I plan on talking to other family members to help get her rehired. Maybe we should ban together and speak to the State. And when we do, we should inform them that last wk, one of the residents was lost/missing (so much for security). The website says 3 delicious meals, what a bunch of crap (the food is disgusting). The new administrator AVI is an idiot who doesn't know what the hell he is doing. Perhaps the Schonberger's, who founded this place, should take time out to investigate Amber Court instead of just "collecting money".

Response: I agree with your assessment. The food is worst than dog food. Ask any resident and they will tell you. Many of the residents order from the local take out restaurants adding expense they probably can't afford. If your loved one is demented, don't move them into this place. Many of the aides and the so called case manager leave much to be desired. If you can avoid this place please do. Ruth is a great marketing director, her snow job is near perfection. But once you to move your loved one into the facility the service that you signed up for are not delivered. The residents are amazing people, who in their prime were intelligent and productive members of their communities. They are not the problem. There are about 6 aides to 220 residents, do the math. Amber Court at Pelham Gardens needs restructuring and need to hire trained staff. Many employees leave the job because they can't deal with lack of care all around and don't want to be a party to it. This place has many residents and should be able to afford a well trained staff that care about their job and the residents entrusted to them. It is very sad. They basically warehouse these sweet people and they react accordingly. There is little stimulation, they sit around all day with nothing to do. They don't take the residents on trips to the Bay Plaza or casinos, it is all a sales job. Once upon a time the place had the potential to be good but it's gone downhill in the last 2 years.

05/09/2012  -  An OurParents User Writes:

This place smells and is not as clean as people think. When people arrange to see the place, they go out of their way to show a lie, they should get rid of the picture "at Amber Court at Pelham Garden!" This place is horrible, seniors are treated with disrespect and disregard, go when they don't expect you to and your will see them for what they are! I was lucky to get my parent out of there! Do your research, the message on the phone is a lie, they have boring activities, nothing for active adults! Do your researh!

11/11/2011  -  An OurParents User Writes:

To the review dated 10/11/2011....I agree with your review. This place is horrible. I wish I should have see this review sooner. I just placed my relative at this facility only two weeks ago and regret my decision. The staff is very unprofessional and the atmosphere is pure chaos. I am trying to move her somewhere else now but thank you for posting your review. Hopefully others will see our review and make smarter choices.

10/11/2011  -  An OurParents User Writes:

This decrepit home is a place to take your loved one if you want to kill them. It's filthy and run down, it's rude and unprofessional, and they will secretly dope your loved one until they can no longer function. The "management" is horrendous. The NYC Health Department should shut Amber Court down. Spare yourself the grief our family encountered here and look elsewhere. They and their crooked doctors are a pack of dangerous liars...

01/28/2011  -  An OurParents User Writes:

Score 8 (1=extremely poor, 10=excellent) They don't rave about the food!

Response: I was asked to recommend an assisted living facility and I came to this site to check the reviews for my experience with the facility is not recent. I haven't been there for about a year and a half but it seems like it's deteriorated since then. I drove by and they are undergoing remodeling. I hope the organizational structure is also being remodeled. I hope they are not making the outside look pretty and leaving what counts, unattended to deteriorate further.

Description of Amber Court of Pelham Gardens in BRONX, NY

Built In 1974 , Number of Beds : 200

Amber Court - Pelham Gardens provides you with the very best in assisted living through a warm, friendly community. Assisted living, geared toward individuals who want to live with some level of independence but occassionally need a little assistance, is the fastest growing, long-term care option for seniors. Why choose an assisted living community? Research suggests that seniors who live near their peers and have a variety of social activities feel a greater sense of well-being. With assisted living, you'll enjoy senior-friendly homes and a welcoming staff. Other services you'll find include around-the-clock supervision and security, access to professional nurses, emergency call systems, help with daily living, and nutritious meals prepared by chefs. These communities typically provide housekeeping, laundry, transportation, and a calendar of social events. Reside at Amber Court - Pelham Gardens and enjoy an exciting new chapter of life, where residents can trade stories and forge new alliances. In this community, assisted living services are provided. The help you'll find at assisted living communities is offered as necessary, with the goal of giving the support services required to stay as self-reliant as possible. Call today and discover how Amber Court - Pelham Gardens is the perfect fit for seniors requiring assisted living services.



Parking & Transportation
  • Access to Public Transportation Nearby
  • Resident Parking
  • Guest Parking
Community Services
  • Activity Director
  • Beautician/Barber
  • Chapel/Religious Services
  • Designated Family Visiting Area
  • Housekeeping
  • Laundry Service
  • Library
  • Maintenance Director
  • TV/Media Room
Dining Options
  • Lunch
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner
  • Snack
  • Family Style
  • Kosher Kitchen
  • Kosher Meals
  • Low Sugar
  • Low Sodium
  • 24 Hour Up and Awake Staff
  • Emergency In-Room Call System
  • Fire Sprinkler System
Personal Assistance
  • Activities of Daily Living (bathing, grooming, dressing, eating, etc.)
  • Sitting, Standing, Walking
  • Toileting
  • Medication Management
Behavioral Support
  • Needs Prompting for Their Personal Care
Special Health Conditions
  • Diabetic Diet
  • Oral Medication
  • Insulin Injection Self-Administered
  • Insulin Injection Staff-Administered

Demographic Profile for BRONX, NY, 10451


Male Population
Female Population
Median Age
31.7 Years
Average Household Income

Cost Of Living
Compared to the National Average

18% Above
Cost of Food
10% Above
32% Above
9% Above

Provided By EPA; Closer to 100 is better

Air Quality
21.7 / 100
Water Quality
50 / 100
Superfund Sites
62 / 100
Physicians per 100k

Annual Crime

Violent Crimes
Property Crimes