Recently, the telephone company sent a form to Grandma to indicate someone to notify in case the bill is not paid. We had been talking about filling out the form for a while now. Basically the form says that if the bill payer is 62 years or older and the bill has not been paid, the phone company has permission to contact the person indicated. The 3rd party is not responsible for paying the bill, just to be notified.
Its a good idea to ask utility companies if they have a notification program for elders in place.