The HSE shocked the community of Abbeyleix in late 2011 by announcing their intention to close the unit on a phased basis.
An action committee was formed following a public meeting and they held two protest marches.
The HSE then annoucned announced a 12 week consultation process on the future of care of the elderly in the Midlands.
The consultation finished last September, but the Minister did not receive the report until January of this year.
The Minister has been considering the report since, and the Department say that a decision is due shortly.